27 March 2020
Huawei at the digital event where it unveiled the new P-series also introduced the new personal assistant for its phones called the Celia. The new digital assistant works similarly to the Google Assistant and will soon debut on the company’s smartphones. This means the new intelligent assistant by Huawei will replace Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa on all of the manufacturer's devices, including connected speakers.
Celia works similarly to the Google Assistant and the hotword to invoke is the same as well. You just have to say “Hey, Celia,” followed by the task you want it to perform. Thus it can either respond to the wake-up phrase “Hey, Celia” or allow you to press and hold the power button on their phones for one second.
This is the same voice assistant which is already popular in China under the name of Xiaoyi. The Chinese version of the assistant is currently used in Huawei’s AI Cube smart speaker as well as on the phones it sells in China.
According to AndroidAuthority which has received the review unit of Huawei P40, the Celia comes pre-loaded on the phones.
Huawei phones lack many Google Mobile Services, including Google Assistant due to the ongoing US trade ban. Now, the replacement of Celia may not bring any major changes since it works pretty similar to the Google Assistant. It can make calls, send text messages, play music, check the weather, news, and more. Similar to Google Assistant, Celia also equips Google Lens-like AI vision capabilities. According to what is shown in the promotional video, Celia can scan objects around and give you information about them. You can ask about the name of the flower by pointing the AI vision camera on it. You can also ask it to tell you about the calories that a particular dish has.
For now, Celia can speak and understand English, French, and Spanish. It will initially roll out in the UK, France, Spain, Chile, Mexico, and Columbia.
Huawei says it’ll add more features to Celia and expand its reach to different markets as well.