Yandex rolls out its own Voice Assistant “Alice” for iOS, Android and Windows

When it comes to Search engine, just like Baidu rules China, Yandex rules Russia. The search giant has rolled out its own Voice Assitant–Alice–which is similar to Alexa, Cortana, and Siri. The advantage Alice will over other voice assistant is the obvious language understanding.

Yandex has rolled out the app for iOS, Android and beta version for Windows. Here is the list of features Alice supports as of now:

  • Weather.
  • Quick Questions & Answers.
  • Find places around you for food, entertainment, and more.
  • Directions.
  • Count Money aka convert money between currencies.
  • When it comes to Windows, it can launch apps, play music, find folders on your computer, find an answer on the internet, and can also shut down your PC or put it to sleep.

Russia’s search giant Yandex today announced the release of its own voice assistant, Alice. Just like Cortana, Siri and other digital voice assistants out there, Alice will connect with multiple services to help users in tasks such as finding information online, recommending places to eat and visit, providing weather forecasts, and more. The main advantage of Alice is its superior Russian language skills that can understand incomplete phrases and questions. Download from here.

That said, what seems the case here is that Yandex already has tons of apps, and services which were doing this job. They are now clubbing them all together with their brand new AI. The recent version of all Yandex app has this inbuilt.

Denis Filippov, head of Speech Technologies at Yandex commented:

We wanted Alice to interact with users more like a human, so that users don’t need to adapt their requests. In developing Alice, we leveraged our speech technologies, which currently provide the world’s most accurate Russian language recognition.  Based on word error rate (WER) measurements, Alice demonstrates near-human levels of speech recognition accuracy.

You can check out more details about  Alice here.

Source:   via MSPU