China's Xiaomi Inc. said May 11 that three of its smart home products are now compatible with Google Inc.'s Google Assistant, deepening its presence in the U.S. market as part of its global expansion plans.
In a statement on Xiaomi's blog, the Chinese smartphone maker, which made headlines recently for its IPO application in Hong Kong, said that its Mi Bedside Lamp, Mi Smart Bulb and Mi Smart Plus will now work with Google Assistant, allowing its users to control products through a smart speaker, similar to Google Home, and through the Google Assistant app.
The Mi Bedside Lamp is slated to be the first product to hit stores in the U.S. with the rest to follow "shortly," the blog said.
Xiaomi made a number of announcements regarding its global expansion plans.
The company said that it will enter France and Italy on May 22 and May 24, respectively. Xiaomi also said, on May 3, that it has struck an agreement with Hong Kong conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. that will push its products out to stores in Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the U.K.
Furthermore, the phone giant said the same day it had launched its music and video streaming apps, Mi Music and Mi Video, in India, marking the first internet services that Xiaomi has brought to the country.