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DoCoMo Launches Android Based Voice Assistant

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Japan's NTT DoCoMo has launched a voice agent application, called Shabette Concier, that enables customers to obtain a wide range of information and perform tasks simply by speaking into their DoCoMo smartphones.

The application, which launched last week, is for select DoCoMo smartphones running on Android 2.2 or higher, and will be available for free, although mobile data usage will be chargeable.

In response to a verbal question, for example, the app analyzes the inquiry and then provides an answer using information mined from leading content providers, such as Wikipedia, in addition to official content on DoCoMo's dmenu portal site for smartphones. Smartphone tasks, such as creating an email or setting an alarm, also can be carried out by voice commands without having to look at menus.

Voice processing is handled not in the smartphone itself but rather in the cloud via a mobile network.

The launch of Shabette Concier follows Translator Phone, an auto-interpretation trial cloud service that DoCoMo introduced in November 2011. DoCoMo expects to upgrade Shabette Concier with increasingly natural language interfaces for enhanced functionality, as well as link it to a variety of services, such as DoCoMo's i-concier mobile personal-assistant service, within the year.

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