Xiaomi’s real-time video call provider Agora.io announced on Monday that they will be opening their software up to the general public to allow real-time voice and video communication. Using Agora Video, people can deliver premium multi-party video conferencing globally among mobile devices.

“As more organizations and application developers embed video and voice directly into their workflows, they quickly discover the quality and reliability challenges of simply relying on the internet for real-time communications,” Agora.io’s founder and CEO Tony Zhao said in a statement.

Agora’s software is currently used by Xiaomi and HelloTalk, an international language learning community. The Agora-powered Mi Video Call was introduced to the public at the Mobile World Congress on February 24th 2016.

“In the mobile internet space, real-time voice and video chat is a complex technology and it is difficult to ensure high quality around the world,” said Wang Qi, Senior Deputy General Manager, Xiaomi Entertainment & Media in a statement.

“We selected Agora.io as our global real-time video call technology partner because we believe the Agora.io global virtual network, and their unique mobile-based algorithms, can truly bring high quality video chat experiences to Xiaomi users everywhere.”

Apart from supplying their technology to Xiaomi, Agora.io is backed by Shunwei Capital, whose founding partner and chairman is Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun. Agora’s other investors include Morningside, SIG, GGV Capital, and IDG.

“I think China is second to the US in regards to the market of PaaS and development tools. Because the maturation of such a market is closely related to the stage of mobile internet. China is actually in a leading position in the mobile internet age only second to the U.S.,” Agora’s marketing manager Jenkin Xia told TechNode.

Image Credit: Agora.io

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com

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