At Google I/O 2018, Xiaomi announced that it will introduce a family of smart home devices that will integrate fully with the Google Assistant. The Mi LED Smart Bulb plugs into to a standard light socket and can be configured to output nearly any color that you prefer (over 16 million colors are supported). With the Google Assistant, you can simply use your voice to change the color temperature, brightness levels or turn on/off the bulb.
The Mi Smart Plug gives you instant on/off access for any device that plugs into a wall out, be it a tableside lamp or a floor fan that you may have setup as the temperature start rising (or any other “dumb” device). Finally, there’s the Mi Bedside Lamp, which also supports over 16 million colors and can be controlled using a touch-sensitive panel at the top of the lamp.
All of the above devices can be configured using the Mi Home app on your iOS or Android smartphone, and can be accessed by voice using either the Google Assistant on your mobile device or via a Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home Max smart speaker.
Xiaomi says that the Mi Bedside Lamp will be the first of the three smart home products to arrive in the United States later this month. Pricing for all three devices along with availability of the Mi Smart Plug and Mi LED Smart Bulb have not been announced at this time.
As for Xiaomi’s U.S. smartphone plans, Chairman Lei Jun said in a recent interview, “We’ve always been considering entering the US. market. “We plan to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019.” The company is hoping to avoid the backlash that has befallen its Chinese counterparts ZTE and Huawei in the U.S. market.