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The tech market has been taken by storm by large Chinese companies these past few years and one of the most prolific Chinese manufacturer that has been trying to make a name for itself is undoubtedly Huawei. It’s a known fact by now that Huawei is doing its best to get rid of its reputation as an “anonymous” manufacturer for Google and to achieve that goal, Huawei has developed Mate 9. The upcoming flagship smartphone will be launched in the US on January 6th and it’s going to make waves on the smartphone market.

Obviously Huawei is going to equip the device with only the best pieces of hardware it has to offer, but that’s not all. In order to put its flagship device up to par with the likes of Apple and Samsung, Huawei will ship Mate 9 with Amazon’s Alexa. This AI assistant works similar to Apple’s Siri meaning that it can be used to set alarms, send messages and so on by only using voice commands and a Wi-Fi connection. While this might not be the first time we can see Alexa installed on a handheld device, this is the first time it comes pre-installed.

As previously mentioned, Huawei didn’t shy away from equipping Mate 9 with only high-end hardware parts. Let’s take a look under Mate 9’s hood and see what we can find. The device features a rather larger 5.9 inch 1080p display that’s powered by the company’s own Kirin 960 CPU which is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space. Also worth mentioning is that already existing owners of Mate 9 will receive Alexa as an OTA update.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Great… so my (less than a year old) Galaxy S7 doesn’t sound as if it will get Google Assistant (Pixel exclusive) and now it sounds like Alexa will be exclusive to another platform now – so if I want voice control over my smart home out of range of the speaker or out of the house (I already have Alexa at home with Philips Hue Lights and Nest) I’m out of luck?

    Software exclusives become increasingly more annoying (don’t get me started on Google Play Music support on Alexa- at least there’s some third party fixes for this!).

  2. The article says Alexa will be pre-installed not exclusive. Maybe Amazon is planning to bring it to the Play Store just like Cortana.

  3. Samsung is developing their own voice assistant, I’m guessing the S7 will get it.

  4. I hope there will be a system shortcut like Siri or S Voice (lol). Launching your assistant from your home screen or app drawer like any other app is inconvenient and is a reason third-party assistants tend not to take off.

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