Instant messaging app Line is all set to introduce AI based virtual assistant Clova to its 21 million users in Asia. Like other personal digital assistants, Clova, apart from holding intelligent conversations with the users, can also manage smart appliances, make purchases and do other tasks.
An article published on Tech In Asia and titled With a Siri Rival and a Holographic Girlfriend, Line Makes a Big AI Push, the author of the article says:
The big push into AI comes as Line is struggling in Facebook’s shadow. The app lost three million active users in the final three months of last year, stumbling from 220 to 217 million. Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp each have a billion users.
Makers of Line are now betting on AI to supplement their revenue streams. Apart from acquiring controlling stake in Japanese Gatebox – a virtual home robot – Line will be assisting its users to make payments, book cabs and make purchases that will help them earn commissions. The AI space is definitely heating up, and acquisitions will become the order of the day. And considering the large user base in Asia, the battles for market share will be fiercer here.
Vishal Ingole, March 13, 2017