EU trademark filing by Nokia suggests that it is prepping a virtual assistant named Viki

EU trademark filing by Nokia suggests that it is prepping a virtual assistant named Viki
Late last night, we told you that the Nokia 6 Android powered smartphone had been unveiled. The handset will launch early this year as an exclusive in China for JD.com. Now comes word that Nokia has filed for a trademark in the EU for the name "Viki." This might be the name of a voice activated virtual personal assistant that the company is working on. In the product description section of the application, Viki is described 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 Viki is a new voice-activated assistant, she is entering a burgeoning market that includes Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, Alexa, and Bixby. Huawei has already announced that it will include Amazon's Alexa personal assistant on its next U.S. bound flagship phone. Nokia would also be challenging Google by employing a competing assistant on its new Android handsets.

Of course, there is the possibility that Viki is not an assistant and is related to some other project that Nokia is working on. Still, the name Viki, especially spelled in this manner, certainly has the feel of a virtual, voice activated personal assistant.


source: GSMInfo.nl (translated)

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18 Comments

1. unmaskedfalesh

Posts: 29; Member since: May 18, 2014

ViKi as in I,Robot?

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6774; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I was thinking the same thing lol.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

In that case, the Viki name will suit Nokia's Virtual Assistant just fine... Unless Nokia gets sued by the creators of the iRobot movie.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They should for them being a patent troll.

12. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Then I guess that is why Apple get sued by Nokia. For Apple being patent troll.

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Exactly that. ^^ And it's Apple who began sueing Nokia in the first place. Nokia counter-sued Apple, and now Apple is on the losing side of the battle... That's why Mxy is so salty, as seen in post #9.

16. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Hush, you can't talk about his deity like that, he'll give you his signature 12-year old replies.

5. sayahh

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Or this other robot, Vicki: v=ukSvjqwJixw

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Why they trademark something in EU since they don't sell anything in EU, just like the Nokia 6. I bet it'll be a Chine only feature.

6. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

The Western markets phones will be announced on the at MWC 2017

7. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

They will , wait till MWC for announcement of global phones.. EU is their biggest market for premium high end phones .. Nokia 6 is china exclusive to take advantage of Chinese New year Sales

11. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Be patient. They will come to Europe.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21987; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now this is a bit of interesting information. I'm hoping that it is Virtual Assistant. Will be interesting to see how it stacks up against Alexa, Cortana, and the others. Can't wait to see the Nokia high-end offerings!

13. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I agree with you, Meanestgenius.This very interesting new. I want to see how this play out. And I want to see flagship Nokia phone. I wil buy in an instant.

10. Feanor

Posts: 1361; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Siri, Viki, Cortana, Alexa... Starts getting a bit silly. Now I understand the decision of Google to keep their virtual assistant named just Assistant.

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I read that in an article somewhere, names with consonant and vowel combinations on each syllable are easily audible by voice recognition.

14. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Time will tell.

17. FindMyPhone

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 23, 2015

The Nokia 6 is one of those phones that will attract many age groups, due to it's size, specs and price:okia6.yolasite.com

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