It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are dominating the virtual assistant market. Samsung and Apple have tried lessening their grip with Bixby and Siri, respectively, but these attempts have proven to be futile at best.
Huawei started talking about AI a lot more with the launch of its Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, and according to a new report, the company is preparing to launch its own assistant in the form of the "HiAssistant."
XDA Developers recently obtained access to firmware files of EMUI 8.1 for the Mate 10, and within these files, there's a lot of information regarding this HiAssistant. It'll apparently replace the very barebones "HiVoice" app on Huawei phones, but unlike Bixby and Siri, Huawei will only be launching the HiAssistant on its phones in China.
Unlike its competition, HiAssistant will only be available in China.
According to various snippets of code, the HiAssistant will be able to control multiple device functions (such as turning on Bluetooth, adjusting your volume, enabling night mode, etc.), make phone calls, send text messages, search for a variety of things through Weibo, send payments, and even offer Google Lens-like functionality thanks to its own "HiVision" feature.
In addition to only being available in China, HiAssistant will also only work on Huawei devices powered by the Kirin 970 and running EMUI 8.1 or later.
Huawei's yet to comment on any of this, but seeing as how we're expecting the upcoming P20 to debut with the Kirin 970 and EMUI 8.1, there's a good chance HiAssistant gets an official unveiling on March 27 alongside Huawei's new P20 series.
Unlocked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is now receiving the September security patch
The latest September 2020 Android security patch is now rolling out to unlocked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra phones in the U.S. Along with the September 2020 patch, the update also brings improved camera performance and a few other enhancements.
Everything we know (so far) about the Google Pixel 5
We're still months out from Google unveiling the Pixel 5, but that doesn't mean it's too early to speculate what it might offer. Here's everything we know so far!
The ultimate guide to customizing your Android phone
Theming on an Android device is more than just setting a wallpaper and calling it a day. Take a look at some of the widgets, icons, and other elements that go into making your Android your own.
Snag one of these cases and protect your P40 Pro in style
Did you just pick up the new Huawei P40 Pro, but aren't sure how you want to keep it safe from when "life" happens? We've rounded up the best cases and there's an option available for just about everyone.