Goodbye, Alexa. Hey, Celia.
Hey Celia: We all knew that Huawei has been independent of their OS after disengagement from Google. This also means that Huawei no longer has the lifelong Google’s assistant, Alexa, who has been the most reliable virtual assistant in any device. However, just this late March, Huawei announced their own “Alexa” and “Siri” which they named, Celia.
The Huawei’s new assistant is part of its EMUI 10.1 software debuted on their P40 Pro flagship phone. Celia is a replicate of virtual assistants a user can have with their devices. To wake it, the user must say, “Hey, Celia.” Aside from that, the user can also double-tap the power button to start it. Once active, Celia’s ready to process the user’s request. Those requests may include setting daily alarms, check the weather, or send text messages to contacts.
Based on the reports, Celia is based on Xiaoyi, which is Huawei’s existing voice assistant. This feature was released in China last 2018.
Huawei’s Celia Partially Launches in India
Last June, Huawei confirmed that their Google Assistant rival Celia was available in India. This would be the beta version of Huawei’s new virtual assistant. And this feature has limited capacity, as Celia will only work as a Support app and on Huawei’s consumer support site.
The user has to note that Celia might be a beta version yet, but it can already speak and understand English, French, and Spanish. Once completed, it is expected that it will roll out in the UK, France, Spain, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia.
Celia is also equipped with Google Lens-like AI vision capabilities. This specific feature can scan an apple and tell you the number of calories you’re consuming. Celia can also assist users in doing online shopping by scanning images and finding similar products on sale. Huawei reportedly stated that they’d add more features to Celia as they expand their reach to different markets.