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.
- Зачем Яндексу нужна «Алиса»? 1 Why does Yandex need Alice?
- Когда вышел голосовой помощник «Алиса»? 2 When did the voice assistant Alice come out?
- Что умеет ассистент «Алиса» от «Яндекс»? 3 What can the Alice assistant from Yandex do?
- Как установить «Алису» на смартфон? 4 How to install "Alice" on a smartphone?
- Заключение 5 Conclusion
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.
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.