Huawei introduced its voice assistant features with the launch of its new P40 series on Thursday. The three phones namely, Huawei P40 5G, Huawei P40 Pro 5G, and Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G come with the newest voice assistant called ‘Celia’. Like Google or Apple’s voice assistants, Celia can be activated by saying ‘Hey Celia’ – a phrase that seems quite like Apple’s Hey Siri. Reports have come up saying that trying to activate Huawei’s voice assistant activates Apple’s phone too.
Since Huawei continues to be prohibited from working with US companies, including Google, it cannot place any Google applications in its phones, meaning no Google Services, no Google Play Store, and no Google Assistant.
So, the company chose to employ its voice assistant for the Western market. Celia recognizes commands in English, French, and Spanish, however the activation term ‘Hey Celia’ sounds quite like ‘Hey Siri’. #HuaweiP40 pointed out by popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) in his movie about the Huawei P40 Pro where he revealed ‘Hey Celia’ activating Siri on an iPhone.
However, the Huawei P40 Series includes impressive hardware; it lacks some Google services so not only Android users, individuals might be hesitant in getting a Huawei device. Everybody who uses an Android smartphone understands the importance and necessity of Google apps that are baked into the OS in addition to the ones which may be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
Huawei needed to make its store that it is calling the AppGallery and as stated by the firm last month, it has become the third-biggest app store in the world. It is used in over 170 regions and by more than 600 million Huawei device users. There are nearly 210 billion downloads from the AppGallery in 2019.
Whether or not the impressive hardware and also the growing AppGallery would be enough to make people purchase Huawei mobiles in Western markets remains to be seen. Users can stay connected with this page to know the latest technology updates and news around the world.