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Huawei is Making Voice Assistant Service for Chinese Market: Report

By | Feb 16, 2017 07:25 AM EST
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Huawei Developing Voice Assistant Service.

Huawei's mobile chief Richard Yu spoke about his company's planned voice assistant service at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. (Photo : Getty Images)

Huawei, the world's third-biggest smartphone manufacturer, is set to introduce a voice assistant. The company is reportedly flirting with the idea of launching this service only in the Chinese market.  

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Huawei's mobile chief Richard Yu spoke about his company's planned voice assistant service at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. He said that the service is being built for the Chinese market. However, Huawei is open to a partnership to make the service available for customers in more other markets like the U.S.

Yu noted that going for a partnership in the U.S. market makes sense given that competing voice assistant services are far more superior.   

"Today, Amazon and Google are stronger than us; Alexa and Google Assistant are better. How can we compete?" he said.

Huawei is one of the first Android smartphone makers to work on a voice assistant service.  The voice assistant service has become increasingly competitive, especially after Alphabet Inc. launched the Google assistant last year. However, at present Google assistant can only be used on Pixel smartphones and smart watches running on Android 2.0.

Samsung Mobile is also expected to unveil its artificial intelligence-based voice-assistant Bixby during the launch of Galaxy S8 smartphone.  

According to reports, Huawei's voice assistant service will support an ecosystem of apps, games, and a host of other services that the company is building in its native market.

Currently, the voice assistant space is completely dominated by Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, while Google assistant has a lot of catching up to do.     

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