Xiaomi, China's largest handset maker which has created a stir with its flash sales strategy, has identified India as a key market and said it plans to set up an R&D and design centre in Bangalore that will focus on customising devices for local consumers.
"In the next 12 months, we want to have built a significant presence here," Hugo Barra, vice-president for international operations at Xiaomi, . "We want to have an R&D centre with an actual engineering team with designers, product managers and software engineers, who will build features for the Indian market within India, not just localise features." Barra, 37, joined Xiaomi in 2013 after a five-year stint at Google, including some time at its Android unit.
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