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Huawei reportedly developing its own AI voice assistant for global markets

Huawei's upcoming assistant is expected to take on the likes of Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri, Bixby, and Cortana.

  • Published: November 16, 2018 11:19 AM IST

Huawei is developing its own AI assistant for launch outside China. The company already has its own voice assistant called him Xiaoyi, but it can only work on the Chinese language input. This upcoming new assistant is said to support input in up to 60 languages, and will take the competition to the likes of Google and Amazon.

Huawei’s Artificial Intelligence-backed assistant doesn’t have a name yet, but it is expected to be able to read news, schedule tasks, and give out information on various topics like sports, health, and more. Huawei Assistant is part of Huawei Mobile Services, and is being developed to offer quality services to users who have to depend upon Google.

Huawei Assistant is scheduled to arrive in 2019, and will provide assistance with these three different unique features:

1) Instant access: These are different shortcuts to installed apps, and will be customizable.
2) SmartCare: An AI-backed service to show reminders depending on each occasion. In the beginning, there will be five categories including food, travel, sport, and storage services.
3) News sources: Users will see a series of “personalized” news based on their preferences, and users can even receive alerts from them.

Huawei Assistant will work in collaboration with partners worldwide who expressed interest at a recent event in Rome. One of the collaborators is Microsoft since together they have developed a service that will offer the most relevant news always update the content. The news can be selected by publishers, to ensure the reliability of the content. With Huawei Assistant, users will have access to content from 140 countries, and in more than 28 languages.

Huawei Assistant will be available in Europe from 2019, and will come in conjunction with the renewed platform of Huawei Mobile Services. The exact date for the global rollout has yet to be confirmed.

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  • Published Date: November 16, 2018 11:19 AM IST