Competition over mobile AI assistants heats up as China enters market at Berlin's IFA

Updated 2017-09-04 13:31:01 CGTN

The market for mobile AI intelligence is currently dominated S. Korea's Samsung's Bixby and the U.S.'s Apple's Siri, but that could be about to change as China enters the market.

Chinese electronics giant Huawei on Saturday unveiled its first mobile personal assistant with artificial intelligence called the "Kirin 970", at this year's Berlin IFA electronics fair.

"Smartphones are smart but they are not intelligent enough," Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, said at the fair.

Kirin 970 will going to systematically respond to three questions, which focus on users, user's location and user's behavior, Yu said.

"You ask your personal assistant what's the weather in Berlin," Yu said. "But in-device AI already knows that you're in Berlin, on work assignment, on your way to a meeting, and if you're waiting outside or if you're already inside the car."

Internet giants have been investing heavily in creating software to help machines think more like people, ideally acting as virtual assistants who get to know users and perhaps even anticipate needs.

Following today's fast moving technological development, observers believes the digital assistants already pervasive in our lives in order to set to become more intuitive and play a bigger role in our life, as smartphones and other electronic devices make greater use of artificial intelligence.

Compare with its competitors' virtual assistants depends on the cloud, which collect and gather information in the Internet cloud, the prowess of Huawei's AI assistant lies in processing data on the smartphone.

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