Xiaomi has been making it big in China, as well as in India, as of late, and the company seems to have no plans of slowing down as far as conquering new markets anytime soon.
According to a CNBC report, the Chinese tech company is said to be building up its resources and preparing for a possible entry into the U.S. market. "We always look seriously at the U.S. market. The U.S. market is very important to us but we are very, very carefully building our resources to serve the U.S. consumer," said Xiaomi's international business head, Wang Xiang, in an interview with CNBC earlier this week.
Moreover, Wang told CNBC that before Xiaomi can penetrate the American market, it must first employ some "customizations." The company executive explained that the U.S. market involves people going through different carriers and paying for different contracts to obtain their devices like smartphones, instead of directly purchasing the units.
Just last week, Xiaomi sealed a partnership with American tech giant Microsoft that would allow the former to use the latter's cloud computing products like the Azure. Furthermore, the deal is also bent on creating new products such as upgraded phones and laptops, which will then be launched internationally, TheVerge reported.
Microsoft, for their part, confirmed that it will be working with Xiaomi on several projects involving some of its AI technologies. Some of Microsoft's creations that will be tapped in the partnership include "Computer Vision, Speech, Natural Language Processing, Text Input, Conversational AI, Knowledge Graph and Search, as well as related Microsoft AI products and services, such as Bing, Edge, Cortana, XiaoIce, SwiftKey, Translator, Pix, Cognitive Services and Skype," announced Microsoft in a press release.
Meanwhile, GizmoChina noted that Huawei's plans of breaking into the U.S. market may not be that easy. The report said that fellow Chinese tech company Huawei has been flagged by the U.S. intelligence offices, namely, the FBI, CIA, and the National Security. The U.S. authorities cautioned Americans from using Huawei products as they potentially put the country's national security and privacy at risk.