LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Agora (www.agora.io), the global leader in real-time communications, today announced a partnership with the global electronics company Xiaomi to power voice-calling capabilities for Mi AI, the newly introduced voice-enabled assistant for the smart home.
While smart home assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home enable voice calling through a connected smartphone's cellular network, Xiaomi and Agora are allowing users to make Internet voice calls directly from Mi AI. Designed to deliver crisp sound and perfect call quality, Mi AI assistant comes equipped with six microphones, creating a 360° sound field that can pick up user commands and deliver clear broadcasts anywhere in the room.
As the only VoIP communications provider selected for Mi AI and its AI software dubbed XiaoAI, Agora provides best-in-class call quality and low latency to ensure an uninterrupted user experience.
"Xiaomi's Mi AI will be the first smart home speaker that allows users to make and receive calls sans smartphone or app," said Tony Zhao, founder and CEO of Agora. "By combining our world-class communications technology with Xiaomi's industry-leading hardware, we are ringing in the new generation of smart home devices and multi-functional virtual assistants."
Xiaomi plans to roll out further products using high-definition, real-time communication cloud services through Agora's Software Defined Real-Time Network (SD-RTN), a global network of distributed data centers that ensures a consistent, high-quality experience regardless of the user's geographic location or device.
Today, Agora is the most widely adopted real-time communications solution globally, with more than 40,000 registered developers. To date, Agora's technology has processed more than 7.5 billion minutes of communications across voice, video, and interactive broadcasting on 500 million devices.
Privately held and founded in 2014, Agora is a Communications-Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS) provider delivering mobile-first real-time communications for developers and businesses globally. Agora's API is the most widely adopted API for real-time communications around the world, being installed on more than 500 million devices.
Agora features include voice calling, video calling, group conferencing, interactive broadcasting and more. Reliable, accessible and scalable, Agoria.io provides communications services to organizations across industries, including: telemedicine, education, financial services, customer service, social media applications and mobile gaming.
Agora is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and backed by venture capital firms Morningside, SIG, GGV Capital, ShunWei and IDG.
For more information, please visit: www.agora.io
Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun based on the vision "innovation for everyone". We believe that high-quality products built with cutting-edge technology should be made accessible to everyone. We create remarkable hardware, software, and Internet services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range, which currently includes Mi and Redmi smartphones, Mi TVs and set-top boxes, Mi routers, and Mi Ecosystem products including smart home products, wearables and other accessories. With more than 70 million handsets sold in 2015, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.