[News] Xiaomi and IKEA partner to bring smart connected homes to more users

Xiaomi further opens up AIoT program and invests RMB 100 million to set up a developer fund

BEIJING, China, November 28 2018 — Global technology leader Xiaomi today announced at its annual MIDC conference a strategic partnership with IKEA. IKEA’s full range of smart lighting products will be connected to Xiaomi’s IoT platform starting this December in China. This marks the first time IKEA has partnered with a Chinese technology company.

 

A pioneer in AI and Internet of Things (IoT), Xiaomi IoT platform has connected more than 132 million smart devices (excluding mobile phones and laptops), and has more than 20 million daily active devices in more than 200 countries and regions around the world, as of September 30. This is according to data released at the conference by Lei Jun, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi Corporation. Xiaomi Xiao Ai voice assistant has cumulatively been activated on about 100 million devices, with monthly active users exceeding 34 million and cumulative wake-up times exceeding 8 billion.

 

Fan Dian, General Manager of the IoT platform department of Xiaomi, said, “IKEA and Xiaomi share very similar values and I believe our cooperation will accelerate the development of the smart home industry across the world.”

Anna Pawlak-Kuliga, CEO and president of IKEA Retail China said she believes the two companies will benefit greatly from the partnership, better enabling both to serve customers worldwide with smarter solutions at home.

 

Starting in China in December, IKEA’s full range of smart lighting products will be connected to Xiaomi IoT platform and can be controlled via Xiaomi products, including Xiao Ai voice assistant and the Mi Home app. The lights can also be paired to other Xiaomi IoT smart devices such as sensors and electrical appliances for smart scene management. The smart lighting products will be connected to Mi Control Hub through the ZigBee protocol.

In addition to IKEA, Xiaomi also announced in-depth cooperation with Ji Hotel, CHJ Automotive and Ikongjian, an interior decoration company. These partnerships involve a full range of Xiaomi smart IoT devices that can be applied to different scenarios.

Further opening up AIoT possibilities for third-party developers

Since the inaugural MIDC conference in 2017, Xiaomi has been developing initiatives for developers to take advantage of the opportunities in AI and IoT. The Xiaomi IoT Developer Program was first launched last year, giving third-party developers access to the Mi Home platform for controlling smart home scenarios with cloud + AI + big data capabilities.

In the past year, over 1,000 third-party products have successfully been incorporated to the Xiaomi IoT platform, which has accumulated over 1,000 enterprise developers and more than 7,000 individual developers, allowing Xiao Ai voice assistant to perform over 1,300 types of tasks. Xiaomi has also started new initiatives for developers to take advantage of the opportunities in AI and IoT. For more information, please visit the Xiaomi IoT Developer Website.

This year, Xiaomi continues to open up AIoT possibilities. The company announced at the conference that it will invest RMB 100 million to build the “Xiaomi AIoT Developer Fund”, which will be used to support AI developers, hardware equipment manufacturers and AI technology companies.

Xiaomi also released Mi Smart Door Lock, which adopts integrated 3D live fingerprint recognition. It also supports six unlocking means including password, NFC and Bluetooth.

About Xiaomi Corporation

Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is an internet company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core. With the vision of being friends with its users and being the “coolest company” in the hearts of its users, Xiaomi is committed to continuous innovation, with an unwavering focus on quality and efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology. Xiaomi is currently the world’s fourth-largest smartphone brand, and has established the world’s largest consumer IoT platform, with more than 132 million smart devices (excluding smartphones and laptops) connected to its platform. Currently, Xiaomi products are present in more than 70 countries and regions around the world and have a leading foothold in many markets.

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[News] CK Hutchison and Xiaomi form Global Strategic Alliance

Strategic alliance covers Xiaomi smartphones and IoT and lifestyle  products for sale in CK Hutchison’s telecom and retail divisions across the world.

(Hong Kong, 3 May 2018) CK Hutchison Holdings (“CK Hutchison”), a multinational conglomerate spanning over 50 countries, and global technology leader Xiaomi, announced today the forming of a global strategic alliance that will bring Xiaomi’s smartphones, as well as IoT and lifestyle products, to the telecom and retail divisions of CK Hutchison Group across the world.

Mr Li Ka-shing, CK Hutchison Chairman (center back), Mr Lei Jun, Xiaomi Founder, Chairman and CEO (left back) and Mr Victor Li, CK Hutchison Group Co-Managing Director and Deputy Chairman (right back) witness the formation of a Global Strategic Alliance by the two companies, of which the agreement is signed by Mr Wang Xiang, Xiaomi Senior Vice President (front left) and Mr Canning Fok, CK Hutchison Group Co-Managing Director (front right).

The alliance will broaden the product range of CK Hutchison’s 3 Group and AS Watson brands and help accelerate Xiaomi’s international expansion. CK Hutchison has over 17,700 retail and telecom stores worldwide and close to 130 million active mobile customers in 11 countries. Xiaomi products will initially be available at 3 Group’s stores in Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK and in AS Watson’s Fortress, Superdrug and Kruidvat stores in Hong Kong, Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands.  Xiaomi will also extend its collaboration with CK Hutchison’s operator channels in European markets.  The agreement covers certain preferential arrangements for smartphones in the telecom markets in Denmark, Ireland and Sweden, and for Xiaomi’s “Mi Ecosystem” IoT and lifestyle products in certain markets.  

Wang Xiang, Xiaomi Senior Vice President, said, “We are thrilled to ink this win-win partnership with CK Hutchison, which is a global leader in the retail and telecom industries.  As we deepen our international footprint, we are excited to partner with CK Hutchison, which will enable us to deliver on our vision to bring innovation to everyone across the world.  I believe our wide range of high-quality, well-designed products at accessible and honest pricing will be warmly welcomed by CK Hutchison’s customers.”

“We are excited by this agreement with Xiaomi. With CK Hutchison’s global retail and telecom footprint, Xiaomi will have access to hundreds of millions of customers instantly,” said Canning Fok, CK Hutchison Group Co-Managing Director.  “Xiaomi has high quality, well-designed products at accessible prices.  We expect them to be well received by both our telecom customers and our general retail customers.  This is a win-win situation for both companies.”