Hint: It’s not Motorola, Nokia, Blackberry or HTC.
Moto Xiaomi. Welcome the world’s third largest smartphone maker. A once small startup, now Xiaomi employs 5,000 people in mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia. They began operations in 2010, sold their first phone in 2011, and in 2014, three short years later, they sold over 60 million phones.
Our entire world has gone mobile. I teach a class at Sask Poly Technic in Regina and every year for the past three years I’ve polled the class as to how many people have smart phones. Every year usually only one person doesn’t have a smart phone (but ironically enough they are always quit to whip out their flip phone circa 2003). No wonder this young startup in China has grown exponentially over the past half decade. They’re making something that (almost) everyone in the developed and undeveloped world use every day; a smart phone.
The plot twist of this story is that Xiaomi has no plans of coming into North America any time soon. At one time a hot bed for the latest and greatest technology is now on a list of countries tech giants may or my not enter. The times are sure changing. A sign that North America may, in fact, not be the centre of the Universe, these growing third world countries are maturing into global business powerhouses. If North America doesn’t pick up it’s digital socks and start developing the worlds bleeding edge technology, it won’t be only the third most popular phone that’ll be coming out of China but everything else we use in our daily lives.
Read more about the world’s third biggest smart phone maker here Xiaomi Now the World’s Third Biggest Smart Phone .