New Smart Home Speaker Solution on the Cards from Huawei
Huawei is now eyeing the smart home solutions after success in smartphone segments.
More and more manufacturers are betting on their own smart solutions to launch their smart speaker. Microsoft is preparing its smart speaker to compete with Google and Amazon, and it seems that Huawei also climbs into the league and making an intelligent speaker on its own.
Huawei has registered a pair of trademarks filling with the European Union Intellectual Property Office last week to secure the terms “iDol” and “Huawei idol home,” for the smart speaker name.
The Chinese brand joins the roster of smart speaker manufacturers capable of implementing the voice assistant. In fact, analyzing the patent, we can already hypothesize the functions of future speakers. It is more about the ability to control IoT devices via voice input.
Even in the description of both commercial brands, Huawei indicated that they could be used for “intelligent audio speakers controlled by voice commands with virtual personal assistant capabilities.”
Smart home devices
It is no secret that Huawei will focus more on smart devices for the home as the company is already a leader in the smartphone category. The Honor 10 smartphone is a Rockstar currently and the company already sold more than a million phones in a month time.
Earlier this year, Walter Ji, president of Huawei Western Europe Consumer Business Group, said that Huawei would also focus on “home devices” including smart speakers. These speakers are equipped with a voice assistant and intended to control with your voice.
It is still possible to use Bluetooth to control the speakers with your smartphone, but the intention is to talk to the speaker. If you start talking with it, the speaker responds to your commands. It can do things like looking up the weather for tomorrow, the results of the last weekend sports, but also put the television on another channel or make a cup of coffee for you.
In addition to “iDol” and “Huawei idol home,” the company is also working on the implementation of AI 360 software. According to some reports, the AI helper called HiAssistant is intended for the Chinese market by the end of this year. The company itself focusing more on the artificial intelligence and exploring more applications on AI, machine learning, and related technologies.
The descriptions of the products and services identified by a brand are always quite large, but the producer’s interest in a market segment that continues to show a growing trend appears quite clear.
In Western countries, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Samsung’s Bixby, Amazon’s Alexa and Cortana from Microsoft are the leading voice assistants. Amazon has processed Alexa in many products while the Google Assistant has been rolled out over countless Android devices. Siri has been present in the Apple devices such as the iPhone X for many years and has now found its place in the smart speaker called HomePod.
At this stage, Google dominates the scene of the smart speaker segment. In May, the Mountain View company managed to beat Amazon. Chinese companies do not stand by currently in the top position with both Alibaba and Xiaomi (third and fourth, according to data provided by Canalys) trying to conquer market shares; Huawei may not be willing to remain excluded from the competition.
Huawei released a self-employed assistant a while back, but Google Assistant soon replaced the software. Whether Huawei will use its own speech assistant for the smart speaker or whether it chooses the Google Assistant is still unknown at the moment.