“China’s Xiaomi Inc took China’s smartphone crown in the second quarter after the Beijing-based firm replaced Samsung Electronics Co Ltd as China’s largest smartphone vendor, according to data from Canalys,” Paul Carsten reports for Reuters. “Xiaomi shipped just under 15 million units in the three months ended June, while Samsung’s 13.2 million unit shipments just beat China’s Lenovo Group by around 200,000 units to take second place, said Canalys.”

“The three-year old Xiaomi, which closely apes many aspects of Apple Inc and its designs, also nabbed fifth place by global market share for smartphone makers in the second quarter, research firm Strategy Analytics showed last week,” Carsten reports. “Xiaomi is still almost entirely dependent on its home market in China. Only about 100,000 smartphone units were shipped outside of China and the jury is still out on whether it can replicate its domestic success overseas.”

“Xiaomi is also looking to expand into other markets like Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia and Thailand with the help of Hugo Barra, the former vice president of the Android mobile operating system for Google Inc who is now Xiaomi’s international vice president,” Carsten reports.

Xiaomi Mi 4 (left), Apple iPhone 5s (right)

Xiaomi Mi 4 (left), Apple iPhone 5s (right)

 
“Xiaomi’s critics have also lambasted the firm for infringing on intellectual property rights,” Carsten reports. “This includes using the logo from Apple’s Aperture application on a picture of one of its phones.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Behold the revolutionary power of iPhone: The only smartphones that sell well are Apple iPhones and fake Apple iPhones.

As we wrote recently:

Xiaomi makes Samsung look like original thinkers. Plus, they’re led by an even more despicable slime bucket than Samsung:

“[Steve] Jobs will die someday, so there are still opportunities for us. The meaning of our existence is just waiting for him to kick the bucket.” – Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, August 30, 2011

Hugo Barra used to be in charge of Google’s Android division, so, obviously, there’s no copying going on. ;-)

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