Menu
Xiaomi looks beyond smartphones to smart home products

Xiaomi looks beyond smartphones to smart home products

Xiaomi wants to help hardware partners bring more smart home devices to market

Xiaomi wants to use its phone as a hub to control other smart appliances.

Xiaomi wants to use its phone as a hub to control other smart appliances.

Xiaomi may be best known for its smartphones. But over the long-term, the fast-rising company is betting it can take over living rooms across China, by turning everyday household appliances into smart devices.

It doesn't plan on doing this alone. On Thursday, the Chinese company announced it had developed a "smart module" that hardware partners could install on their products to make them connected devices.

The module, which will cost partners 22 yuan (US$3.6), can be fitted on everything from refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines, said Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun at an event announcing a new phone.

"What is Xiaomi's strategy? It's to use the smartphone to link all the smart devices together," he explained. Users could then remotely control every appliance with a Xiaomi developed app on their smartphone.

Companies across the IT industry are thinking along the same lines. Apple last year introduced its HomeKit suite of tools that will allow smart home vendors to better integrate their products with iOS.

Google, on the other hand, spent $3.2 billion to buy Nest, a maker of smart thermostats, giving it an entry into the connected home market.

Xiaomi has also been moving fast into the smart home space in China, where it's become one of the country's top smartphone vendors. Last month, the company released an air purifier that can be controlled via smartphone.

To bring more products to market, the company has been investing in startups developing smart home devices. In December, it also invested $200 million in Chinese appliance maker Midea to partner on smart home projects.

Xiaomi didn't offer details on the technical specs of its smart module. But the company hopes to lower its cost to 15 yuan next year, and then 10 yuan the year after that.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Xiaomiconsumer electronicsInternet of ThingssmartphonesAndroidinternet

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News launches inaugural Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News launches inaugural Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2015 and 2016 inductees - Darryl Swann, Dave Rosenberg, Gary Bigwood, Keith Watson, Mike Hill and Scott Green - to the inaugural Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed how the channel can collectively work together to benefit New Zealand, the Kiwi skills shortage and the future of the industry. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Reseller News launches inaugural Hall of Fame lunch
Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

​As the channel changes and industry voices deepen, the need for clarity and insight heightens. Market misconceptions talk of an “under pressure” distribution space, with competitors in that fateful “race for relevance” across New Zealand. Amidst the cliched assumptions however, distribution is once again showing its strength, as a force to be listened to, rather than questioned. Traditionally, the role was born out of a need for vendors and resellers to find one another, acting as a bridge between the testing lab and the marketplace. Yet despite new technologies and business approaches shaking the channel to its very core, distributors remain tied to the epicentre - providing the voice of reason amidst a seismic industry shift. In looking across both sides of the vendor and partner fences, the middle concept of the three-tier chain remains centrally placed to understand the metrics of two differing worlds, as the continual pulse checkers of the local channel. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable, in association with Dicker Data and rhipe, examined the pivotal role of distribution in understanding the health of the channel, educating from the epicentre as the market transforms at a rapid rate.

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel
Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar last night, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and resellers descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kickstart 2017. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017
Show Comments