HMD Global launched its first Nokia Android smartphone – the Nokia 6 – on Sunday and now news reports are suggesting that the company might be working on its own text and voice-based virtual assistant named ‘Viki’.
If the reports turn out to be true, Nokia will join the likes of Google, Apple, and Microsoft who already have their own virtual assistants in the form of Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana respectively.
The company has recently filed for a trademark in the European Union for the name “Viki”, which appears to be a digital assistant from the description, as per a report by MSPowerUser (via GSMInfo.nl). In the description associated with the service under the name, the company said, “Software for the creation and monitoring of mobile and Web digital assistants working with knowledge and combining all data sources into a single chat and voice based interface.”
As Nokia is making a return to the mobile market and needs more than just nostalgia factor to compete against the like of Apple and Samsung, the company’s own digital assistant might help in setting apart its Android smartphones.
It’s also important to note that Viki will likely use Microsoft’s Bing for its search capabilities as Google probably won’t allow them to use its service on Viki.
Credit: MSPowerUser, NDTV