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Tencent unveils a Siri-like digital assistant for WeChat


  • Tech News
  • Wednesday, 9 Jan 2019

Tencent’s move comes as growth in its core gaming business slows under intense government scrutiny, while upstart Bytedance Ltd draws user attention away through innovative video and news services. — Bloomberg

Tencent’s move comes as growth in its core gaming business slows under intense government scrutiny, while upstart Bytedance Ltd draws user attention away through innovative video and news services. — Bloomberg

Tencent Holdings Ltd will soon introduce a Siri-like digital assistant for WeChat, helping the messaging service’s billion-plus users with simple tasks such as playing music and hailing a ride. 

Dubbed “Xiaowei”, the assistant will link to a plethora of Tencent’s own services such as QQ Music. But it also hooks up with lite-apps run by third parties such as Meituan Dianping or Didi Chuxing that provide on-demand services from food delivery to ride-hailing, WeChat executive Zhou Jie told attendees at a company conference. It’s unclear when Xiaowei will be rolled out, or how much the Chinese company intends to build up the service. 

   

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