13 February 2020
Xiaomi has released Xiao AI 3.0 as the latest iteration of its digital assistant. It was announced at the annual Mi Developer Conference (MIDC) held in China. The new upgrade is focused on making conversations with the assistant feel more natural and human. The team has also added a male voice option for those who don't like the female voice for any reason but a user can also switch between them as and when he wants.
The announcement post mentions that MiNLP, Xiaomi's natural language processing platform, is used over 6 billion times a day. This is the reason it is being touted as one of the world's busiest AI platforms. Xiaomi said it will continue to invest in artificial intelligence research and development to offer a more robust and better user experience.
Xiaomi has further revealed that Xiao AI registered 49.9 million monthly active users by the end of the second quarter. This makes it one of the most popular AI-powered digital assistant in mainland China. It is worth mentioning that Xiao AI is currently limited only to China with no words on global expansion yet.
Lastly, Xiaomi has announced that it is integrating earthquake alert functionality with MIUI 11 in China. It said the integration will help it send earthquake alerts about 10 seconds in advance. These alerts will be sent on Xiaomi smartphones and Mi TVs running the compatible operating system. It has been developed in collaboration with the Chengdu-based Insitute of Care-life. It was under beta testing for past couple of months and has now been expanded to stable OS builds.