Tencent Tries to Stay Relevant in China, Takes on MIUI 

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April 29, 2015 by ...

Tencent is a Chinese tech firm which is trying to stay relevant. Sure they own some nice properties such as Wchat-a pirated version of WhatsApp, but other than this they are losing ground. 

In order to stay relevant they have released TOS, an Andriod-based operating system. This OS is targeted for smartphones and other electronics.  

The reason this is important is that Xiaomi’s MIUI, which ironically up until recently was a EULA-infringing version of the Android system, has tons of supporters. According to Xiaomi that number exceeds 100 million, but then again can we believe those numbers?

In any event, Tencent is offering an OS with voice recognition and payment systems. This is an attack on Xiaomi’s business model and Alibaba too. 

The move makes sense as 90% of Chinese smart phones run Android, so the move is a wise one. For their part, Tencent has said that their goal is to be a connector of devices, in other words, to emulate Xiaomi. 

The OS will be distributed for free.


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