Vivo Communication Technology Co. Ltd. (commonly referred to as Vivo, named after the Esperanto word for 'life') is a Chinesetechnology company owned by BBK Electronics that makes smartphones, smartphone accessories, software, and online services. It was founded in 2009 in Dongguan, China. The company develops software for their phones such as the Vivo App Store, iManager included in their proprietary Android-based operating system called Funtouch OS.
Vivo joined the ranks of the top 10 smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2015 with a global market share of 2.7%. With research and development centers in Shenzhen and Nanjing, the company employs 1,600 R&D personnel as of January 2016.Since the company's founding in 2009, Vivo has expanded to over 100 countries around the world. Vivo began its international expansion in 2014 when it entered the Thai market. The company quickly followed up with launches in the India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.