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The future of smartphones seems to be completely dominated by Digital Assistance technology. While the global smartphone market is already overwhelmed by the virtual assistant features like Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana, the Furnish Multinational is alleged to work on a new powerful Virtual Assistant under its own brand. Named as ‘Viki’, the new digital assistant feature is reported to beat the existing VR technologies completely.

Nokia, who is currently on headlines because of its first Android Smartphone ‘Nokia 6’, seems to be aggressively moving towards acquiring a prominent position in the current competitive tech market. GSMInfo.nl, an online tech site recently has spotted ‘Viki’ in a brand filing claimed by Nokia in EU. The trademark application has been claimed for ‘Viki,’ which is described as software made by Nokia. The software is described to be designed for the formation and supervising of mobile and web assistants having compatibility with digital knowledge and merging all the sources of information into a single chat and voice-based interface.

If everything goes well and Nokia successfully integrated the smartphone into Viki, the brand will be back in tech limelight. With the integration of Viki, Nokia is likely to go off against the recognized digital assistant players like Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Along with these big players, it will also face tough competition from the Amazon’s startup Virtual Assistant Alexa and its partner Microsoft’s Cortana.

Plus it’s not only Nokia who is filing a trademark for its own personal assistant, the South Korean giant Samsung is to allegedly work on its own AI assistant for its upcoming Galaxy S8. Samsung’s AI Assistant dubbed as ‘Bixby’ and ‘Kestra’ is reported to be developed by Viv Labs – the same company that has configured Apple’s Siri and currently is owned by Samsung.

It is only a few days Nokia to release its latest and first-ever Android Smartphone ‘Nokia 6’ for the Chinese market. With some advanced features like Android 7.0 Nougat, 5.5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB RAM & 64GB RAM, 16-megapixel rear & 8-megapixel front camera, 3,000mAh non-removable battery, Dolby ATMOS audio, etc, Nokia 6 is tagged with RMB 1,699 (approximately Rs 16,700) and currently exclusive to the Chinese market.

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  • Jack Smith

    I have had the Echo since launch and the Google Home for over 5 weeks. We had always loved the Echo. But the Google Home is in a league of its own. Take just playing music the catalog of songs and huge with the Google Home as it has YouTube in addition to Google Play or Spotify or whatever.

    But it is the inference aspect that is night and day different. With the Echo I would sometimes have to do a quick Google search to get a song title from a short lyric or something. That step is not required with the Google Home as you can just get close. So say “hey google play gwen sting bottle” and Message in a bottle plays. The Echo just can not do things like this.

    The ability to now control the TV with the Google Home just showed up earlier this week.
    So now you can stay under the covers and control the TV without lifting an arm or finding the remote. You can just raise, lower volume, rewind, FF, select content, etc.

    Love how Google keeps just pushing out new capabilities for the Google Home all the time. It is only a few weeks old and new things just show up and nothing for me to do in taking advantage. I did NOT even know about the TV controls as my wife did it and was surprised it could do it.