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All about Alice: what is the voice assistant from Yandex capable of?

The voice assistant "Alice" from Yandex is familiar to every user of mobile devices and not only them. At the time of his appearance in 2017, he had some problems with speech and “modest” functionality, but today it is a convenient assistant with a lot of opportunities.

The voice assistant from Yandex was given the name "Alice" - the developers claim that in honor of Alice Selezneva, the heroine of Soviet films. Now “Alice” is already available to all owners of the Yandex browser, and it is also installed in various “smart” devices.

What Yandex voice assistant can do and how it is better than existing assistants, you can find out by reading this article.

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Why does Yandex need Alice?

In 2017, very eloquent statistics were collected (compiled by the SEO-Auditor portal), claiming that over 90% of domestic users searched for information in one of 2 search engines - Google or Yandex. Mail.ru and Rambler systems were left with miserable crumbs of user attention, and many Russian users did not even suspect the existence of Bing and Yahoo.

At the same time, according to the SEO-Auditor rating, it can be understood that Yandex, which was significantly ahead of Google in the middle of 2016, in 2017 was close to what to give the "palm of primacy". Why did Yandex get weaker? The answer is simple: because more and more people surfed the Internet from mobile devices, and less and less - from a PC. On many gadgets, does the default browser work with Yandex? No - any Android smartphone immediately goes to Google.

In order to prevent a monopoly on the Russian market of search engines and not to lose Google competition outright, Yandex tried to offer users something that the "overseas giant" did not give them then. This "something" was to become an intelligent voice assistant who understands the Russian >Siri and Alexa. “Alice” was needed by Yandex to maintain popularity.

The Russian company managed to release its voice assistant on the mass market before the Google Assistant spoke in Russian - and this is a significant victory.

In 2019, the company expanded its success - all of its own services, and there are many of them (Radio, Navigator, Money and others) that are tightly connected with Alice, in addition, there are own gadgets that also interact with the assistant. With it, you can launch any of these services, perform a series of actions and manage branded and third-party devices. The possibilities of the assistant do not end there.

When did the voice assistant Alice come out?

Yandex officially introduced Alice on October 10, 2017 . Owners of all devices with iOS and Android, as well as users of equipment on Windows and other OSs, can resort to its services.

Alice recognizes speech well - moreover, she understands the user perfectly. According to Yandex, the assistant is trained on a huge array of texts, and therefore is a real scholar - she is able to recognize even incomplete questions, given the context of what was said earlier. Unlike the beta version, the official “Alice” has no problems with intonation - she says in the voice of Tatyana Shitova, the actress voicing Scarlett Johansson.

Yandex likes to attract star services to voice acting - the navigator of this company, for example, is able to speak in the voice of rapper Basta. And in 2019, specially for Yandex, the famous musician Noize MC recorded an audio fairy tale, you can listen to it upon request.

What can the Alice assistant from Yandex do?

In the fall of 2019, the voice assistant "Alice" performs the following functions:

  • Plots routes, finds addresses, user location, reports traffic jams.
  • It performs a traditional search in the Yandex system and can quickly answer popular questions, for example, “Who is John Snow?”.
  • Gives weather forecasts and tells you what to dress before going out.
  • Provides the addresses of institutions - cafes, business centers, hostels.
  • Performs mathematical operations, converts currencies.
  • Launches applications and opens pages on the Internet, for example, Instagram, VKontakte or the website of State services.
  • Maintains dialogue, and sometimes even demonstrates erudition, quoting songs, dialogues from films or referring to books.
  • It will help to manage time - turn on the alarm, timer, create a reminder in the calendar.
  • Can play a game - "Find the superfluous", "Ball of fate", "What happened before." The list is not limited to this, but you can find out what else is included at the request "Alice, let's play."
  • It will help pass the time - sing a song, repeat the phrase for the user, translate and pronounce it in a foreign >
  • It will turn on devices connected to the smart home and allow them to be controlled.
  • It will help to make the first and second order on the service I take .
  • Will call a specific number.

Yandex uses numerous resources to promote Alice. So the voice assistant is tightly integrated into the company's proprietary applications - Taxi, Radio, Navigator and others.

Not without the support of smart home systems. Many have heard about Yandex.Stations - this is a smart speaker with voice control. However, in addition to its own devices, Yandex has agreements with other brands. “Alice” supports smart speakers Elari Smartbeat, Irbis A, LG Xboom AI ThinQ WK7Y, can work with a DEXP Smartbox TV set- top box , Elari KidPhone 3G children's watches and Sony Ear Duo Bluetooth headphones. The list of partners does not end there. It includes Samsung , Redmond, Xiaomi , Philips and a host of other famous brands (more than 100 in total).

The developers did their best to “humanize” Alice as much as possible - that's why the Yandex voice assistant is able to humor no worse than Siri, some of which have become popular memes. This is how Alice explains why her name is:

Alice’s answers are really funny, and the assistant’s voice sounds quite natural (much better than in the beta version) - thanks to machine learning technologies, gluing is almost invisible. Those who are annoyed by small “speech defects” can turn off the voice and read Alice’s answers.

How to install Alice on a smartphone?

You can download Alice to your smartphone by downloading and installing the official Yandex application from Google Play or the AppStore. You should launch the application and press the blue button with the microphone image located exactly in the middle of the screen.

A correspondence window will appear, where old queries and answers will be displayed, the data given to them by Alice. By clicking on the button with the microphone icon again, the user will be able to make a new voice request.

For those who have problems with the voice assistant "Alice", Yandex has set up a separate page on Yandex.Help . Here, users can find out what to do if the assistant "freezes" or gives an error connecting to the Internet.

Conclusion

According to statistics, already in 2016, 3.5 billion different devices with voice assistants were used in the world. According to experts, by 2021 the number of such devices may double. Statistics convince us that we are at the stage of formation of a powerful global brand - in the near future, a company that has not presented the world with an intellectual assistant created with its own hands will be considered an outsider.

All major software developers have already acquired voice assistants who work to varying degrees efficiently: for example, Apple pleases its fans with the “clever” Siri, and Samsung, on the contrary, upsets Bixby users. Yandex also did not stand aside - its assistant "Alice" in terms of functionality is getting better, and using it is really convenient and interesting.

The official website of the voice assistant "Alice"

Comment

32 comments

  • All this is cool and patriotic, but ... all the assistants are a set of template answers and actions. Without such workhorses as tasker and the like, they all boil in the same pan. Assistant "Dusya" is the voice assistant of the domestic manufacturer, the most competent development in this area . Unfortunately the campaign cools down ... Interestingly, Yandex developers know about its existence?

  • Installed. At startup, it requires the installation of a security update. What? !! Hz !! The window went out right away! It would be nice to give a link to this fucking update!

    • "Alice" by default does not require special updates. Perhaps this is an update to Android or another application.

      • Sorry for the screenshot I can not send. Windows 7 SP1
        When trying to install Alice, a window pops up:
        Requires installation of security update KB3008923
        I'll try to find…

        • Damn, he still requires Explorer 11!
          Here is an inscription issued when searching for updates:

          Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 (KB3008923)

          I don’t have Explorer 11 and never will! I already have YandexBrowser and why the hell am I a miserable Explorer? And what for me now Alice?

          • Oh, it's about the PC version. Maybe such problems are due to the fact that the desktop version is still in beta.

    • If I was 66 years old right away, on the first try, everything was installed on my Samsung note-2, then the very young one, I’m sure hehe, is able to make a joke - but no, ask around for those who even crawl away to elementary school.

  • Alice installed on a mobile, I liked everything. My husband is blind and I would very much like Alice to act as a public adviser, for example, to get in touch with a voice or shake the phone, report incoming calls and messages, not only find information, but also voice it. For a blind person, this would be a great conversationalist and assistant.

  • I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance of Alice. But it’s bad that she doesn’t yet launch the application on command and does not call the named subscriber.

  • I want to try such an application, but it does not seem to be installed on Windows phone, right? Attempts failed = [.

    • And the Yandex search engine for me has long been the one and only, very pleased with it. It happens that at a glance it grabs a request-question ... A striking flair!

  • I understand there is no browser option?
    Especially as superstructures of the opera and the fox?
    For a networked online product, it’s very silly and weird.

  • Guys, I really like Alice. !!! Highly,!! He jokes, plays with children. And sometimes her whole family smiles and laughs at her jokes. over their originality. One thing is bad, I wrote in Yandex, it would be necessary to display a separate shortcut on the screen. so that you can on top of all windows. What would you not poke your fingers at the keys, said in a voice and get the result. Promising and very successful development, it will go far! Good luck everyone!