In what is perhaps one other shock, the U.S. does not maintain the largest slice of the world’s market share both. That honor belongs to China. So it is smart that the third-biggest smartphone maker on this planet is a Chinese language firm named Xiaomi.
Xiaomi makes every little thing from electrical scooters, watches, and earbuds to set-top containers, shavers, and vacuum cleaners. Its Android-based smartphones are among the finest values available on the market, with distinctive construct high quality (to not point out cameras) that go toe to toe with the heavyweights. It sells them in over 50 nations, however the US has by no means been considered one of them.
Properly, that is not solely true. On February 1, 2016, US Cellular fairly unexpectedly began promoting a number of completely different Xiaomi (and Meizu) mannequin telephones in the US. US Cellular was — and possibly nonetheless is to the overwhelming majority of customers — a comparatively unknown pay as you go mobile phone service that makes use of T-Cellular’s community.
Lower than twenty-four hours later, gross sales have been forcibly stopped when T-Cellular introduced Xiaomi’s telephones wanted to undergo extra “certification procedures.” On the identical time, Xiaomi acknowledged that US Cellular wasn’t even licensed to promote its telephones within the first place. Not solely that, however they’d no plans for “licensed distributors within the U.S.” to promote their telephones sooner or later. To paraphrase one soup-controlling vendor, “No telephones for you!”