Xiaomi have their hands full lately. The company has started this year of with a bang, that’s for sure. This China-based smartphone OEM has released three new smartphones in January along with a couple of smart devices. There are talks that Xiaomi will open up shop in India later this year, and they’ll also hold a press event in San Francisco on February 12. That’s not all, company’s CEO has also announced that the company will provide more information regarding their expansion plans this month. This will be a very interesting and exciting year for this Chinese company.
That being said, there’s always room for improvement, and it seems like Xiaomi is looking to improve upon their hardware design, well, at least according to their latest actions. Xiaomi has acquired the design company “RIGO Design”. This company will continue to act as a separate business it seems, even the name will stay put. Zhu Yin, the founder of RIGO Design, will remain this company’s chief designer and continue on leading this company. The company will, however, work on Xiaomi products only it seems, they will not work on any outside projects.
RIGO Design has worked for many companies in China and outside of that Asian country. They have worked on designing Lenovo’s LePhone, Sharp and MeeGo interface for tablets, for example. This is a smart move by Xiaomi, their products (both software and hardware) are not bad, per se, but they could use some improvement. Despite looking nice and all, they’re nothing special in terms of design, and I’m sure that many of you don’t really like the fact Xiaomi keeps on including capacitive buttons on their smartphones. RIGO Design could definitely help out in this area and I’m looking forward to seeing what will Xiaomi’s future products look like after RIGO Design brings some of their influence to them.
That’s it, we didn’t get any additional details regarding this deal, like financial details, for example. If we do get any more information in the coming days, we’ll be sure to let you know about that, stay tuned.