Xiaomi MIUI app store surpasses 10 billion downloads; Xiaomi now opens international app store

 

While Xiaomi remains a worthy but not so popular brand locally, in its home turf, China, it surpasses Samsung. In fact, the Xiaomi MIUI app store just hit over 10 billion downloads, and Xiaomi has now opened its international app store.

The Android-based MIUI firmware (now at MIUI 6) which runs on all of Xiaomi’s mobile devices (Mi 3, Mi 4, Redmi 1s) is both highly customizable and provides a tight and coherent user-experience. Here’s the run down. Since its launch, the Xiaomi MIUI app store has

  • gained more than 17 million active users
  • gotten upwards of 1.3 million searches daily
  • clocked in 50 million downloads daily
  • more than 3000 apps for the Mi Pad

The Google Play Store isn’t currently available in China, allowing third party Android app stores to thrive.

Xiaomi has also paid roughly $60 million to developers. The MIUI app store comes installed on Xiaomi devices though it’s not hard to side load Google Play Store apps. The MIUI app store is now ranked 5th among more than 200 various third party Android app stores in China.

Xiaomi’s international app store is said to allow developers from Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong to upload apps and in the process reach a wider audience. The store hopefully will open up to more countries (like India and the Philippines).

Lately, Mi Philippines is trying to address the Filipino preference for physical stores through Pop-up stores and through its physical service center based in Greenhills, San Juan.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife’s cooking so much he’s now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman – his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, “Notwithstanding Pigs,” initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.