As one of the largest Chinese companies, sooner or later, Xiaomi will go to the global market. But outside China the manufacturer expects a lot of patent lawsuits that, in the worst case, increase the cost of the devices, and at worst – will slow down the appearance of Xiaomi products on the international market. However, according to the new information, the company began to address these issues.
Today Xiaomi and Microsoft signed a cross-patent agreement and agreed that the future model Xiaomi company will ship with software from Microsoft, such as MS Office and Skype. With this agreement, Xiaomi will receive patent protection that will help the company to expand to the west.
As is known, the company’s device is not officially sold in Europe and America, and with increasing pressure on the budget segment of smartphones from other Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi is facing stiff competition at home, so that the expansion into new markets seems to be a great way to liven up business.
In comparison with the first quarter of last year, the supply Xiaomi devices in China decreased by 9% and its market share decreased by 1% and now amounts to 12%, according to Strategy Analytics. And given the fact that the closest competitor of the company, Huawei, is the third largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world, Xiaomi should hurry.