Xiaomi has developed its own virtual assistant dubbed Xiao AI which was unveiled in a promotional YouTube video. China is yet to get full integration from Google, though Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri work fine in China, the country still needed something of its own. Xiaomi was quick to realize this and came up with its own AI assistant.
Xiaomi seems to have beaten Huawei with the latest move since Huawei is also said to be working on its own virtual assistant especially designed for the Chinese market. The video depicts the Xiao AI to be somewhat similar to the Google Assistant. Users in the video command the assistant to open apps, take photos, translate menus, check the weather, turn on the lights, start a vacuum robot and all other commands the currently available assistants can do.
The most noticeable difference here is that the assistant is built with the Chinese language in mind, rather than using English as the first language. This will make it more useful for users in China compared to any other virtual assistants.
Additionally, the Xiao AI can integrate with many smart home appliances that the company has under its belt, such as the vacuum robot featured in the video. Chinese users having access to a native voice-controlled smart home is something that will new to most.
That being said, it's hard to imagine that Xiao AI would get any popularity outside China since most of the users have already chosen a virtual assistant of their choice. But the company will definitely have a strong foothold in China with its new AI-ready smartphones, appliances and now the Xiao AI until Huawei catches up.
Besides, the company also recently launched its Mi Mix 2S. The smartphone sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with Adreno 630 GPU.
The smartphone comes equipped with a dual-camera setup at its rear comprising of a 12MP wide-angle lens and another 12MP telephoto lens. The camera app offers features such as Portrait Mode, 4-axis OIS, hardware-level multi-frame noise reduction, optical zoom, dual-pixel autofocus, and AI-based scene detection. For selfies, there is a 5MP selfie camera (at the chin of the device) and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for added security.
Other features include a Face Unlock and Xiaomi's own voice assistant called Xiao. The device runs on Android Oreo-based MIUI 9, and supports Google ARCore, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G, NFC and other common aspects. It is fuelled by a 3400mAh battery powers and also has support for wireless charging alongside USB Type-C port at the bottom.