Huawei reportedly developing it’s own digital voice-assistant for China

The third-largest smartphone maker is likely to ditch Google Assistant in the U.S for Alexa.

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Highlights

    • Huawei’s digital assistant will be for China market only
    • Development is said to be in early stages
    • A team of more than one hundred working in Shenzhen

Huawei is said to be preparing its own digital voice-assistant aimed at Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa, but only for the Chinese smartphone market.

A Bloomberg report by Mark Gurman citing people familiar with the matter noted, Huawei has a team of more than hundred engineers working on the project in Shenzhen, China and the development is in early stages.

Apparently that’s not new because the company has been vocal about it’s plan. According to The Verge, Huawei’s Mobile Chief Richard Yu in a group briefing during CES said that company is planning a voice assistant only for its home market of China. Not just this, Huawei last month announced that it would not use Google Assistant on Mate 9 smartphones in the United States and instead plans to install Amazon’s Alexa.

Similarly, Samsung executives in November last year had confirmed that the company will bring a ‘fully-fledged AI assistant’ on the next flagship which will also integrate with the third-party services. Adding some substance to it, a recent report from China claimed that Samsung Galaxy S8 AI assistant will support up to eight languages at launch, which will be one of the highlights of the flagship. Also, the rumored ‘Bixby’ AI assistant can just be called ‘Samsung Hello’, tipped a purported trademark filing of the Samsung voice-assistant. All of this is unconfirmed and are not legit reports, so we will have to wait until Samsung announces its Galaxy S8, which is rumoured to launch by March 29 and Samsung is likely to show a one-minute video teaser and may talk about some details during MWC 2017 on February 26.

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