Nokia Allegedly Prepping Its Own Virtual Assistant Named ‘Viki’ To Take On Siri and Cortana

By January 9th, 2017 AT 6:00 AM

Yesterday, we informed you about the unveiling of Nokia’s Android-powered smartphone – the Nokia 6. And we also mentioned the sad truth that the phone will be limited to China as it is an exclusive product for China’s JD.com. However, we do have another development in the Nokia saga, which suggests that the Finnish brand is working on its own virtual assistant that could be named “Viki”.

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Nokia has filed for a trademark in the EU for the name – Viki. Under the product description section of the application, the company defines Viki as “Software for the creation and monitoring of mobile and web assistants working with digital knowledge and combining all data sources into a single chat and voice-based interface.”

If the rumor mill is spinning the right information, then we could see Nokia’s Viki in the race of other virtual voice-activated assistants like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google Assistant, and much more. We expect Nokia to integrate Viki into its upcoming line of Android phones for the global market. Nokia is using stock Android on its upcoming Android lineup, which means Viki could be the only software-level change that the brand makes in the Android ecosystem on the new phones.

On another thought, there also lies a possibility that Viki is a standalone project by Nokia that is not related to its Android lineup. All these probabilities would quench soon when Nokia finally unveils the global lineup of its Android-powered handsets.

The name Viki, however, sounds pretty familiar as it reminds us of the show “Small Wonder that featured a robot named “Vicki” as the protagonist. If Viki indeed turns out to be a virtual assistant on Nokia phones, then we would be happy for its reminiscence with the American sitcom that was widely popular in the 90s.

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