Xiaomi’s vaguely familiar design and a Chinese bitcoin mine
In case you’re not following consultant-turned-VC Benedict Evans‘ newsletter on mobile technology (which is excellent and highly recommended), here are the China-related gems from this week:
Xiaomi unveiled the latest version of its custom flavor of Android. Lot of interesting and innovative features in there. The design language, though, looks… vaguely familiar. Link
Apple is now storing Chinese user data on Chinese soil. Link
Joi Ito: visiting Shenzhen. Link
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin mine. $60k a month in power bills. Link
The Chinese taxi app wars. Link [paywall]
Smartisan – one of the many Chinese companies trying to innovate on top of Android. Link
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UPDATE: related to the first quoted link:
We realize that Xiaomi are using Monument Valley for their promotion of MIUI, this is without our consent and we’re trying to sort it.
— ustwogames (@ustwogames) August 20, 2014