Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

The Xiaomi Mi 4 android smartphone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz with a 330 Adreno GPU and GB of RAM. But all of us know the the phone is from the Chinese market and If the phone is flashed with the developers ROM to get the root access without losing the warranty, then the Google Apps and services do not open. Or if you bought the phone directly from the chinese market then you can’t find any Google services on your phone. To use all those Google Service you need to install them manually. Here in this guide we’ll show you how you can install Google Play and other Google apps such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Translate, Google Maps etc on your Xiaomi smartphones.

You can use the same guide to Install Google Play Store on other Xiaomi smartphones including Mi3, Redmi Note, Redmi 2 and Redmi 1S. The guide is pretty simple and only takes a few minutes to install all the Google application on your phone.

Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

INSTALL GOOGLE PLAY STORE ON MI4

Step 1. On your Xiaomi device, tap Settings > Security and check the Unknown sources option.

Step 2. Download the “Google Installer.apk” here and move the file on your phones internal storage.

Step 3. Open the file manager on your phone and install the “Google Installer.apk” on your MI 4.

Step 4. Once the app is installed, Open the application. There, you will find Google Play Store.

Install-Google-Play

Step 5. Tap on Install. Now this step is little bit trick, so read it carefully and follow all the steps below.

Step 6. Now you will see a prompt as below. Tap on OK. You need to install Google Service Framework on your phone to install Play store.

Google-Service-Framework

Step 7. Tap on OK. On next screen, you will see 4 apps. Install all 4 apps on your phone by clicking on install icon at the bottom of the screen.

Install-All-Google-Apps

Step 8. Once the installation process is completed, exit all the way and reboot the phone.

Step 9. Now back to the Google Installer app and look for Google Play Store again. This time, go ahead and Install.

Now you have successfully installed Google Play Store on your Xiaomi Mi 4. Enjoy !!!

Source: Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

MIUI 6 UI Leaked!!! Again !!!

xiaomi miui v6

Xiaomi fans around the world are waiting in anticipation for the launch of MIUI V6 tomorrow. If you don’t want any spoilers look away now as the following are leaked images of the new UI compared to V5.

I’m sure that many will agree that Xiaomi’s phones are great devices, and their custom ROM is excellent too, but the real weak point is the ancient, almost cartoonish UI. It has been year since Xiaomi have release an updated UI, and tomorrows MIUI 6 will be the most substantial yet!

The following images claim to show the new MIUI 6 UI compared to V5. The details we can gather from the images are that Xiaomi are going for a more modern “flat” UI which is currently trending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything from the icons to the notification bar and menus has been given a fresh face in the new ROM.

Read our Xiaomi Mi4 first impressions now!

Unfortunately the images posted here are from Weibo and are of poor quality, the good news is that we only have to wait until tomorrow to see the new UI first hand. We will post details of MIUI 6 as soon as it is announced.

Via: Gizchina

MIUI Cloud Messaging & Privacy

Xiaomi is a mobile Internet company committed to providing high-quality products and easy-to-use Internet services. We believe it is our top priority to protect user data and privacy.  We do not upload or store private information or data without the permission of users.  


This Q&A aims to address privacy concerns raised over the past 72 hours.

Q: What is MIUI Cloud Messaging?
A: Xiaomi offers a free service called Cloud Messaging as part of its MIUI operating system.  This service allows MIUI users to exchange text messages with each other free of SMS charges, by routing messages via IP instead of using the carrier’s SMS gateway.

Q: How does Cloud Messaging work?  Does it store any private user information?
A: When a Mi phone is turned on, the Cloud Messaging service is automatically activated through IP communication protocol with Xiaomi servers, in order to provide the user with the free text messaging capability.  MIUI Cloud Messaging uses SIM and device identifiers (phone number, IMSI and IMEI) for routing messages between two users, in the same way as some of the most popular messaging services.  Some technical implementation details are provided below.  Users’ phonebook contact data or social graph information (i.e. the mapping between contacts) are never stored on Cloud Messaging servers, and message content (in encrypted form) is not kept for longer than necessary to ensure immediate delivery to the receiver.

Q: How does this relate to the privacy concerns raised about Xiaomi over the last 48 hours?  What’s your response?
A: A recent article in Taiwan and a related report by F-Secure raised privacy concerns by stating that Xiaomi devices are sending phone numbers to Xiaomi’s servers.  These concerns refer to the MIUI Cloud Messaging service described above.  As we believe it is our top priority to protect user data and privacy, we have decided to make MIUI Cloud Messaging an opt-in service and no longer automatically activate users.  We have scheduled an OTA system update for today (Aug 10th) to implement this change.  After the upgrade, new users or users who factory reset their devices can enable the service by visiting “Settings > Mi Cloud > Cloud Messaging” from their home screen or “Settings > Cloud Messaging” inside the Messaging app — these are also the places where users can turn off Cloud Messaging.
We apologize for any concern caused to our users and Mi fans. We would also like to thank the media and users who have been sending us feedback and suggestions, allowing us to improve and provide better Internet services.

Q: How exactly does the MIUI Cloud Messaging system handle phone numbers?
A: For those interested in specific details about the MIUI Cloud Messaging implementation:
– The primary identifiers used to route messages are the sender and receiver’s phone numbers.  IMEI and IMSI information is also used to keep track of a device’s online status.

– When a user sends a text message, if there is an Internet connection available, the Cloud Messaging system will attempt to route the message via IP.  If the receiver is offline (i.e. not immediately reachable via IP), the system falls back to sending a normal SMS message from the sender’s device.

– When a MIUI user opens a text message or a phonebook contact, or creates a new contact, the device connects to the Cloud Messaging servers, forwards the phone number of that contact and requests the online status of the corresponding user, which is indicated by a blue icon when that user is online or gray icon if that user is offline (or is not a Cloud Messaging user).  This allows the sender to immediately know whether they can text that user without incurring SMS costs.

– In any of these flows, the receiver’s phone number is only used to look up online status and to route messages.  No phonebook contact details or social graph information (i.e. the mapping between contacts) is stored on Cloud Messaging servers, and message content (in encrypted form) is not kept for longer than necessary to ensure immediate delivery to the receiver.

– The OTA system update made available today (Aug 10th) adds an extra layer of security by encrypting phone numbers whenever they are sent to Cloud Messaging servers.

– We will continue to make changes and improvements to this architecture as needed over time.

Source:- Hugo Barra

Xiaomi MIUI Lite/Express 1.8.0 released, added dial pad touch piano tones!

Changelog for MIUI Lite/Express 1.8.0

[Highlights]

– Added Piano keys to Dial pad touch tones
– Added Prevent pocket dials feature
– Greatly enhanced efficiency when first importing call logs and contacts, and operation smoothness
– Greatly enhanced notification messages and message detail page opening speed

[New]

– Added Piano keys to Dial pad touch tones
– Added Prevent pocket dials feature
– Ported more devices’ homescreen layouts
– Support going to themes details page from Themes store in browser

[Optimization]

– Reduced installation file size
– Enhanced notification messages opening speed
– Enhanced message details page opening speed
– Enhanced smoothness of call logs page
– Enhanced efficiency when first importing call logs
– Enhanced efficiency when first importing contacts
– Reduced power consumption and performance loss; support dark screen in prevent pocket dials mode

[Fix]

– Some devices would crash frequently
– When returning to home screen after changing themes, a popup window saying SMS is being downloaded would show briefly
– Sometimes home screen couldn’t scroll
– SMS would show as unread after selected to mark all as read
– Some devices wouldn’t show SIM card contacts if only SIM card 2 was inserted
– Sometimes some devices woul dsend SMS repeatedly
– Couldn’t search contacts and phone numbers in Contacts page
– Dial pad error in some devices’ SIM card 2
– SMS misaligned after long pressing a message to enter editing mode
– The ‘Show USIM contacts’ function didn’t work
– Lockscreen password didn’t show in some devices
– Some devices’ stock system couldn’t sync new groups created in MIUI Lite
– Call logs updated slowly in some devices
–  Contact name would disappear after entering the conversation details page with that contact
– After changing font of the stock system, icons in MIUI Lite home screen disappeared
– Some devices didn’t separate call logs of SIM card 1 and SIM card 2
– Some devices recognized sending SMS as receiving SMS
– Apps update would fail if exited Market
– When sending group messages in some devices. Entering a single message and then chose Back would cause FC
– Some devices had no unread icon when receiving new messages
– Couldn’t load third party widgets
– Icons would lose from home screen when reloading MIUI Lite
– Display error when searching messages
– Some devices would crash once after installing and launching MIUI Lite
– ‘My groups’ page was empty if no new group was created
– After sending a message, words in the text box turned grey instead of disappearing
– No call log after making a call
– Sometimes lockscreen wallpaper didn’t show
– Some repeated icons after rebooting
– Some devices would crash when loading SMS
– Weather animation didn’t refresh after changing cities
– Ported Airplane mode to some devices
– In some devices, messages showed as empty when entering the conversation details page from the SMS popup window
Download:  MIUI Lite_1.8.0.apk (25.12 MB)

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CWM Touch Recovery v6.0.3.6 for Redmi 1S WCDMA

CWM (ClockworkMod) recovery is a custom recovery which offers much more features compared to the original MI-Recovery 2.0.1 of Redmi 1S.

This is not my work, all credits go to @brainfog (who is user the1024 from Russion 4PDA forum).
I am just adding explanations how to test and install the CWM Touch Recovery v6.0.3.6 for Redmi 1S WCDMA by providing different ways according to user needs and an easy way to revert back to MI-Recovery.

Thanks a lot to @46995103 for giving the hint to this recovery and to @gtiu,  @punkthemonk and @philip_petev for testing and providing screenshots.

List of most important features:

  • Menu navigation: navigate up by pressing Volume Up or swiping up, navigate down by pressing Volume Down or swiping down, select a menu item by pressing Power or swiping right, go back in menu hierarchy by swiping left
  • Installation of zip files without signature verification from SD card or sideload
  • Factory reset
  • Wipe of Cache and Dalivik Cache partitions
  • Backup of Boot, Recovery, System, Data and Android Secure partitions
  • Restore of backups

Known restrictions:

  • Mounting of USB and Internal Memory not working
  • Charging not working
  • Using CWM zip files can not be installed from internal memory
  • The Internal Memory is affected by the features Wipe Data, Backup and Restore because on Redmi 1S the Internal Memory is integrated within the Data partition (/data/media/0)

Caution:

This is a safe process, but I am not responsible for anything bad that happens to your phone

Below you find 4 step-by-step guides:
1. [for testing purposes] Temporary boot into CWM recovery using PC and fastboot
2. Permanent installation of CWM recovery using PC and fastboot
3. Permanent installation of CWM recovery using Mi-recovery
4. [if necessary] Installation of Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1

In case any step is unclear, needs refinement or you are encountering issues please reply to this thread.

1. Temporary boot into CWM recovery from PC via fastboot for testing purposes

Prerequisites:

  • Redmi 1S WCDMA
  • Developer options enabled (in Settings -> About phone tap 5 times on Android version)
  • USB debugging enabled in Settings -> Developer options
  • SD card inserted in your Redmi 1S (and properly formatted inside Redmi 1S)
  • adb and fastboot drivers installed on your PC (use adb-setup from here, others might also work)
  • file cwm_hm1s.zip (attached)
     cwm_hm1s.zip (9.06 MB) 

Steps:

  • Boot your Redmi 1S into fastboot mode: with the phone switched off press the Volume DOWN and POWER buttons at the same time
  • Connect your Redmi to PC via USB cable
  • Download the file cwm_hm1s.zip to your PC and extract it to the folder where fastboot.exe is located
  • Open a command prompt in the directory where fastboot.exe is located
  • Enter the following in the command prompt to temporary boot your Redmi 1S with the CWM recovery
    1. fastboot boot cwm_hm1s.img

    Copy the Code

  • Wait until CWM has booted and start testing the CWM features
  • After you have finished testing you use ‘reboot system now’ from CWM main menu

2. Permanent installation of CWM recovery from PC via fastboot 

Prerequisites:

  • same as for 1. above

Steps (same as for 1. above, only difference is in step 5)

5. Enter the following in the command prompt to install the CWM recovery permanently

  1. fastboot flash recovery cwm_hm1s.img

Copy the Code

3. Permanent installation of CWM using MI-Recovery 2.0.1

Prerequisites:

  • Redmi 1S WCDMA
  • Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1
  • SD card inserted in your Redmi 1S (and properly formatted inside Redmi 1S)
  • file signed_cwm_update.zip (attached)
     signed_cwm_update.zip (9.1 MB) 

Steps:

  • Download the file signed_cwm_update.zip to your PC (because download via browser on phone often is not working properly) and rename it to update.zip
  • Connect your Redmi 1S via USB
  • Copy the file update.zip to the folder ‘Computer\HM 1S\Internal storage’ (root of internal storage)
  • Disconnect your Redmi 1S properly (‘Safely remove hardware…’)
  • Boot into Mi-Recovery by starting the Updater app, pressing the left options soft key and choosing from menu ‘Reboot to Recovery mode’
  • Select and confirm ‘English’ (or Chinese if you are capable to understand)
  • Select and confirm ‘Install update.zip to System’, this will take a while
  • Select and confirm ‘Reboot’

Next time when you reboot into recovery you will have CWM.

4. Installation of Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1

Prerequisites:

  • Redmi 1S WCDMA
  • any recovery
  • SD card inserted in your Redmi 1S (and properly formatted inside Redmi 1S)
  • file signed_stock_recovery_update.zip (attached)
     signed_stock_recovery_update.zip (9.75 MB) 

Steps:

  • Download the file signed_stock_recovery_update.zip to your PC (because download via browser on phone often is not working properly)
  • Connect your Redmi 1S via USB
  • Copy the file signed_stock_recovery_update.zip  to the folder ‘Computer\HM 1S\Internal storage’ (root of internal storage)
  • Disconnect your Redmi 1S properly (‘Safely remove hardware…’)
  • Boot into your current recovery by starting the Updater app, pressing the left options soft key and choosing from menu ‘Reboot to Recovery mode’
  • Install the file signed_stock_recovery_update.zip  using the respective feature of your recovery
  • Reboot

Next time when you reboot into recovery you will again have the Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1

Credits : en.miui.com

Xiaomi Redmi 1 ROM collection (07.07.2014 UPDATE)

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All my RedMi 1 ROMs can be now found by accessing the following link:

RedMI ROMs

I will do my best to update them on a weekly/monthly basis.

List of ROMs available:

IOS7 (heavily themed) – !!! BEWARE – REPLACES ORIGINAL MIUI BOOTANIMATION WITH THE APPLE LOGO !!! – DOWNLOAD AND FLASH THIS ZIP TO RESTORE THE MIUI LOGO 

Vivo FunTouch OS (07.07 UPDATED) – !!! NEW !!!

YunOS (Alibaba.com OS)

Oppo ColorOS

CyanogenMOD

Lewa OS

MIUI

Samsung ROMs

Lenovo Vibe OS

Enjoy and please feel free to get in touch or comment!!!

Xiaomi-redmi

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Security warning: Mediatek-based phones could be facing a potential security hole

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French blogger Korben has discovered that certain smartphones with Mediatek chipsets seem to shut down and reset themselves upon receiving an equals symbol “=” (without the quotation marks) via text message.

This is not so much a security hole in that there is a risk of data being compromised, but it makes phones vulnerable to remote attacks because being repeatedly spammed with the equals symbol could render a user’s phone unusable, or receiving such a text message during a phone call could terminate the call.

An incomplete list of smartphones affected by the flaw is available below:

  • Wiko Stairway
  • Wiko Darkmoon
  • Wiko Dark Side
  • Wiko Darknight
  • Wiko Iggy
  • Wiko Ozzy
  • Wiko Darfull
  • Wiko Cink King
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Cink Peax
  • Wiko Cink Peax 2
  • Wiko Cink Slim
  • Alcatel One Touch Idol X
  • Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra
  • Alcatel One Touch 997D
  • Alcatel One Touch Pop C3 (4033D)
  • Alcatel One Touch S-Pop (4030D)
  • Alcaltel One Touch Star (6010D)
  • Zopo ZP950
  • Acer Liquid E 2 DUO
  • Fairphone
  • Archos 40 Titanium

You can test if your own Mediatek-based smartphone is susceptible by messaging an equals symbol to yourself.

According to the blog wiity, the solution to this is fairly simple, in that all the user has to do is download an alternative messaging app to handle SMS messages rather than use the standard one that comes with the phones. Still, this is an extremely strange flaw that could prove to be a major hassle if an attacker attempts to exploit it.

Korben discusses and demonstrates the flaw in the video below:

Leave a comment below with your phone name and model if you find this applies to you.

Via: http://www.neowin.net

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Xiaomi RedMi Note Enhanced for just £125 (150 EUROS)

8-Core MTK 6592 1.4/1.7GHz processor

1GM/2GB RAM
5.5″ HD IPS display
3,200 mAh lithium-polymer battery
13MP rear facing camera | 5MP front facing camera

8-Core. Unlimited possibilities.
MTK 6592 CPU.

MTK 8-core processor available at 1.4GHz or 1.7GHz, 78% higher processing performance than its predecessor
(53% improvement for the 1.4GHz edition), Cortex-A7 architecture individually allocates tasks to each core, reducing power usage and heat.
Games, webpages, and apps, look stunning and run smoothly.

78% improvement in performance over its quad core predecessor.

Mali-450 GPU.
Better graphics performance.

Up to 1.4x better graphics performance than the Mali-400.
See rich textures and subtle shading as you explore immersive game environments.

Stunning 5.5” HD IPS display.
Go big. Wherever you are.

Games, eBooks, and videos, are vibrant, clear, and bigger than ever.
178° in-plane switching (IPS) technology delivers stunning colour consistency from almost any angle.
With Glass-film-film (GFF) architecture, pixels sit closer to the glass, which allows colours to pop off the screen.
Images are not only brighter, but are also less affected by glare.

Take amazing photos.
13MP rear facing camera | 5MP front facing camera

A 28 millimetre wide-angle lens lets you capture more with each shot. More scenery, more friends, more of the moments that matter to you. Redmi’s ƒ/2.2 aperture and 28mm wide angle lens let you focus in on objects in the foreground of your shot, while softly blurring objects in the background.

Dual SIM

1 WCDMA slot for 3G data and 1 GSM slot for 2G data.

3200 mAh lithium-polymer battery.
Bigger screen. Longer battery life.

Combined with the latest power management technologies, we’ve achieved our most impressive battery performance yet.

MIUI. Make Android yours.
Customise without confusion.

MIUI lets you change everything with just a couple taps. You don’t have to be a coder to get Android just the way you want it. We listen. The features in MIUI are based on the feedback we get from our over 50 million users. We work all the time (and drink a lot caffeine) to fix bugs, refine features, and get new updates on to your phone as fast as we can.
Learn more about MIUI >

Packed with features.

Take your digital toolbox with you wherever you go.

  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • USB On-The-Go
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Ambient noise reduction mic
  • SD card slot

Redmi Note

8-core. Unlimited possibilities.

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How to get native root for your Redmi Note (WCDMA/TD) via Recovery (Updated for 23.0)

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Buy the Redmi Note today from : http://goo.gl/fkJAxq ( use code “antelife2014uk” for $10 off your order)

This simple step-by-step guide is based on the approach taken for Redmi 1S, but of course adapted for Redmi Note.
It has been successfully tested on Redmi Note TD by @B2204 with MIUI JHECNBA17.0 and on Redmi Note WCDMA by @discodave with MIUI JHDCNBE23.0.

It does NOT rely on a program like VRoot.exe running on your Windows computer; only one or two zip files are installed via the built-in recovery of Redmi Note.

Caution:

  • This is a safe process, but I am not responsible for anything bad that happens to your phone
  • After enabling root with this approach the system cannot be upgraded by OTA
  • But you can upgrade by installing again the stable version via recovery without wipe; after this root is gone and you can upgrade to a new firmware and most probably execute the same steps to root again

Summary:
By flashing the attached zip files via recovery the su binary gets installed, proper permissions are set and the MIUI version number x.0 is appended to x.0.1 so that the firmware behaves like a developer version and unlocks the stock root.
Root can then be turned on in Security app -> Permissions -> Root permission.

Prerequisites:

  • Redmi Note with stable MIUI ROM (JHECNBA17.0 / JHDCNBA17.0;  JHDCNBE23.0 / JHECNBE23.0)
  • Developer options activated (in Settings -> About phone tap 5 times on Android version)
  • SD card inserted in your Redmi Note (and properly formatted inside Redmi Note)
  • Stock Android system recovery <3e>

Preparation steps:

  • Download the following two files on your PC (because download via Browser on phone often is not working properly)
    – [only necessary for stable version 23.0] Install_su_RedmiNote.zip (attached below)
    Root_RedmiNote.zip (attached below)
  • Connect your Redmi Note via USB, choose ‘Files’ mode from notification shade for ‘Connected via USB’
  • Copy the files Install_su_RedmiNote.zip and Root_RedmiNote.zip to the folder ‘Computer\HM Note 1TD\SD card’ (root of external SD card)
  • Disconnect your Redmi Note properly from PC (use ‘Safely remove hardware…’)

Install_su_RedmiNote.zip (192.57 KB)
Root_RedmiNote.zip (1.29 MB, Downloads: 871)

Perform the following steps for stable MIUI version 23.0 first with the file Install_su_RedmiNote.zip and then again with the file Root_RedmiNote.zip (it is even not required to reboot after updating the first file). For stable MIUI version 17.0 it is only required to perform the steps once with the file Root_RedmiNote.zip

Update steps:

  • Launch Updater app, press menu/options button and from menu choose ‘Reboot to recovery mode’
  • After reboot into recovery a picture of an Android lying in repair mode is shown, press the Power button to show the recovery menu
  • Navigate in the recovery menu with button ‘Volume Down’ until the entry ‘apply update from sdcard‘ is highlighted and press ‘Volume Up’ button to select the entry
  • Select during first cycle the file Install_su_RedmiNote.zip (during second cycle through the steps the file Root_RedmiNote.zip) which you copied before to your SD card: again navigate with button ‘Volume Down’, select with ‘Volume Up’
  • Some output is shown during the update describing the progress
  • After successful update navigate back to the main menu of the recovery
  • Select ‘reboot system now’

Post check and activation steps:

  • Check that in Settings -> About phone the MIUI version number x got extended by adding x.1
  • Go to Security app -> Permission and activate Root permission
  • Enjoy your rooted Xiaomi Redmi Note

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European smartphone market fragments

The top two smartphone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung, are increasingly being challenged in Europe as a result of market fragmentation across the region, according to new research.

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, covering the three months to April 2014, showed that major brands are facing increased competition from smaller manufacturers vying for position within this lucrative market. 

Lesser-known players and revitalised brands are both now gaining “real traction”, according to Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

“Established brands like Motorola and Sony are showing resurgence, and newcomers to the European market, such as Huawei and Wiko, are challenging the established names,” he said.

Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer, saw its smartphone sales rise by 123% in the big five European markets – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – in the past year. It now holds an average market share of 3%, rising to 5% in Germany and Spain. 

French brand Wiko also enjoyed triple-digit growth across Europe, and now has an 8% share in its home country, with further expansion planned across the continent, including into the UK.

Kantar noted that the British market has yet to experience the high levels of fragmentation witnessed elsewhere in Europe, but the entry of Wiko could potentially change that.

Sunnebo further observed that Europe and the US were starting to follow some common trends from other parts of the world, where there was a separation of tariffs and handsets.

“Consumers are starting to realise the true cost of handsets, and as a result they are shopping around to find cheaper alternatives,” he said.

“This shift in behaviour plays directly into the hands of lesser-known brands like Huawei and Wiko, who are able to offer competitive technologies for a fraction of the price.”

In China, the world’s largest smartphone market, local vendor Xiaomi outsold Samsung for the second time in April 2014.

Xiaomi RedMi, the company’s budget handset, was the top-selling smartphone in the country, with 41% of buyers acquiring their first ever smartphone and another 23% switching from Samsung.