HMD appears to be working on Viki, a new intelligent assistant to differentiate its Nokia phones.
(CCM) — Not content with relaunching the Nokia brand with its Android-powered Nokia 6, HMD now appears to be throwing down the gauntlet to Amazon, Apple, Google, and Samsung by developing its own intelligent assistant. The company has applied for an EU trademark for the name Viki, which will go head-to-head with Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and Bixby, according to a Tech Times report. Nokia describes Viki in the trademark application as "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." That would seem to indicate that Nokia intends to model Viki after Assistant rather than after Siri or Alexa because, whereas users can only interact with Alexa and Siri using a voice interface, it is also possible to chat with Google's Assistant via voice or text. Once development is complete, Viki could be built in to all future Nokia phones and may even be made available to Nokia 6 phones as part of a future software update.
HMD rolled out its Nokia 6 phone in China earlier this month and has promised to launch "the next generation" of Nokia phones in the coming months. The Finland-based company will design the handsets, but manufacturing will be carried out in Taiwan by Foxconn — the same company that makes Apple's iPhone and iPad, Amazon's Kindle, Sony's PlayStation 4, and Microsoft's Xbox One.
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