Huawei is working on developing its own voice assistant that would be able to compete with assistants released by Google and Amazon outside of China. This is reported by CNBC.
In China, Huawei has its own voice assistant called Xiaoyi, but it is emphasized that it works only in the Chinese market. Now the technology giant is working on a voice assistant of the type that could work outside of China.
“We use our own (voice assistants) In China, in the future we will have them outside of China” said one of Huawei’s directors Richard Yu. – “At the beginning, we used Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for our AI Cube and smartphones … We need more time to create our own artificial intelligence services … Later we plan to go beyond China”.
As previously reported, previously the United States and Australia banned Chinese Huawei and ZTE from providing tech equipments for the new generation of 5G mobile networks for national security reasons. For the same reasons, Germany may refuse to use Huawei as well.
The US government considers Huawei and ZTE as security threats and has been seeing them as such for a long time. Back in 2012, the Congress published the results of an 11-month probe wherein the investigators noted how the companies failed to explain their ties to the Chinese government. Earlier this year, the Pentagon banned the companies’ phones from military base retailers, citing security concerns. And just recently, the Democratic National Committee advised candidates running in November not to allow their staff to use devices by either company, especially after what happened during the 2016 Presidential Elections.