Huawei Readies AI for Building In-House Personal Assistant for Smartphones

February 18, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Huawei has managed to topple some of its Chinese rivals to become the world’s third largest smartphone vendor. But the company is now setting bigger ambitions and is vamping up its smartphone arm to isolate it from the rest in the market. As a result, Huawei is working to come up with its own personal assistant to rival the likes of Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.

According to the report from Bloomberg, Huawei is currently having a team of hundred members working for the development of its AI powered personal assistant. The word is that Huawei will be launching its personal assistant only in China. As for global versions of its smartphones, Huawei will continue to use Amazon and Google assistant.

The restriction of the personal assistant to China will still be a threat to Google, who has been trying to expand the Google Assistant personal assistant to third-party devices. Google Assistant is currently available only on Pixel smartphones along with other Google devices like Google Home speakers.

Besides, Huawei is also hampering Google’s effort to expand Google Assistant in markets outside China. The latter has recently announced the inclusion of Alexa for Huawei Mate 9 smartphone in US, making Google Assistant’s entry onto the said-device impossible in US.

Apart from Huawei, Google Assistant is also reported to stay off Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8 device as the latter is reported to feature its own AI powered assistant when it gets launched in April this year.

Huawei has also revealed its partnership plans with UC Berkeley last year in the direction of developing deep learning and natural language processing technologies. That clearly indicates that Huawei will be prioritizing proprietary AI technology in markets outside China, even if not any time soon.

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