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Nokia working on its own virtual assistant ‘Viki’

09 January 2017 5

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.



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  • Nokia has set itself with a lineup of Android phones. And amidst that, we have this good news of the company bringing in the voice assistant. They will surely make it more interesting.

      • Of course, they should. They do have the previous Siri and Cortana to study and make Viki more meaningful. If not, it will be hard for them to compete with the two.

          • Exactly. Though Nokia is an established name, they can't now take it for granted that their products will work due to its name or history. People will still very much go only for the things they love and not the brand, may be.

          • Wow... now this is interesting. We have seen the legend make a comeback by announcing their new phone. And now they are back with even a virtual assistant. Great!

              • Yeah, this is really a great news. Nokia has been the grandpa in the filed of phones some 10-15 years back when Samsung was also on the scene. But Nokia was the big player. And now they are back with a VA too!

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