Japanese messaging company Line aims to take on Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant with a new AI.
(CCM) — The intelligent assistant market just got even more crowded with the announcement that Japanese messaging company Line is to launch a new assistant called Clova — short for "Cloud Virtual Assistant," according to a Tech Times report. Talking at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, Takeshi Idezawa, Line's chief executive, said that Clova will be developed with the help of Naver, a South Korean search engine company. Line users will be able to ask Clova for information such as weather and news updates, making it similar in function to Google's Assistant or Amazon's Alexa, but it may also offer more advances services such as language translation. Other intelligent assistants that are available today include Microsoft's Cortana and Apple's Siri, while Samsung is expected to launch an assistant called Bixby with its Galaxy S8 smartphone later this month.
Line is also planning to build Clova into a connected speaker similar to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, and is in discussions with other manufacturers who may be willing to integrate Clova into their consumer products. So far Sony, LG, and toy-manufacturer Tomy have all expressed an interest in using the intelligent assistant, according to the report. The Clova-powered connected speaker, provisionally called Wave, is expected to be launched in Japan and South Korea later this year.
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