11 January 2017
Nokia has filed a patent, which suggests that the company is working on its own virtual assistant that could be named Viki that would rival Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.
Nokia has filed for a trademark in the EU for the name – Viki. The company’s filing says Viki is a “Software for the creation and monitoring of mobile and web assistants working with digital knowledge and combining all data sources into a single chat and voice-based interface.”
Apart from this, there is no information available about Viki, other than the name on the trademark application which reminds us of the robot in popular TV sitcom ‘Small Wonder.’ Nokia has not revealed any launch date of the virtual assistant as well.
Nokia’s voice assistant is expected to be part of the company’s latest Android phone lineup. Though the company may launch the voice assistant as a completely standalone app, it remains to be seen. Nokia has unveiled a number of Android-based smartphones in the last few weeks, including the Nokia 6 and mid-range Nokia E1. The company has also launched a dedicated #2017countdown Facebook page, where the company has been sharing its views on the IoT, as well as artificial intelligence.
The battle for voice assistants is heating up, with Samsung also working on its own assistant dubbed ‘Bixby’. Huawei has also announced that it will include Amazon's personal assistant ‘Alexa’ on its next flagship phone meant for the US markets.