Yahoo rumored to wage war on Google Now, Siri, and Cortana with its own personal assistant, "Index"

Yahoo is reportedly prepping a rival to Google Now, Apple's Siri, and Microsoft's Cortana. Code-named Index, it is believed to be a personal voice assistant, which could put Yahoo back in the search game (currently dominated by the likes of Google). The existence of Index was hinted by Yahoo's own CEO, Marissa Mayer, who spilled the beans and claimed that Yahoo intends to wage war on the existing trinity of mobile assistants.


Yahoo is no stranger to mobile apps. You might recall that it acquired Aviate, a context-aware third-party Android launcher, more than a year ago. Still, going head-on against the major players on the voice-assistant scene will certainly prove to be a cumbersome task for Yahoo, which will have to come up with something clever if it really wants to establish its codenamed "Index" as a viable alternative to Google Now, Cortana, and Siri. According to Business Insider, a pilot version of the assistant might pop up sometime in Q2 as a smartphone app.

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5 Comments

1. ysk79

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

who is looking for another voice assistant anyway?

2. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

"Wages War" No they dont. pls PA. stahp.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Like theres a battle to begin with.

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Unless you building a new OS which is powered by Yahoo! "Index", basically the iOS user will continue using Siri, Android user using Google Now, Windows user using Cortana and BlackBerry user using Assistant. Why would we wanted to install a alternative personal assistant when the built in one is always the best?

6. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah sure even if they do no one gives a s**t. Yahoo search have gone to oblivion anyway.

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