How will China’s fast-growing smartphone brands ever make real money?
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Two Chinese brands are emerging fast in the global smartphone game.

OnePlus, from Shenzhen, is just a year old, but recently launched its latest smartphone in the US and UK to great excitement among gadget lovers. China’s biggest homemade smartphone brand is Xiaomi—now the world’s third largest smartphone vendor behind Samsung and Apple. But amidst growing fandom for both companies lies a greater question—how will they actually make money?

OnePlus and Xiaomi are betting on an untested business model. They both aim to sell handsets for almost no profit, to gain market share and edge out competitors like Samsung. After that, they hope to earn the bulk of their profits off of other things they sell to these smartphone users.

On OnePlus’s online forum, co-founder Carl Pei outli…………… continues on Quartz

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BlackBerry ‘Venice’ Android Slider Smartphone Renders Leaked
News from NDTV:

BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone, believed to be dubbed ‘Venice’, indeed exists, claims one of the most popular tipsters Evan Blass (or more popularly known as @evleaks).

Blass has leaked an image of the upcoming slider smartphone from BlackBerry which will not just be able to run Android apps but is based on Android OS. In the image tweeted by Blass, the alleged ‘Venice’ smartphone is seen sporting a large touchscreen while also houses the physical keyboard in the slider popup. The leaked image only shows Google suite of apps on the screen of the yet-to-be-announced ‘Venice’ smartphone. Some of the apps visible on the screen of the ‘Venice’ are Play Store, Google+, Hangouts, Google Maps, as well as include Android for Work app.

In a separate tweet, Blass has also claimed that the BlackBerry ‘Venice’ will be available via “all four national US carriers” – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobiles, and Sprint starting November. Notably, the news somewhat contradicts Blass…………… continues on NDTV

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