Russian internet giant Yandex has announced its expansion into smartphones with the launch of its first Android smartphone. It has been named Yandex.Phone and is aimed at Russian users. It is essentially an entry-level mid-range phone but is packed with all the Yandex apps and services along with digital assistant Alice which is used by millions of Russians on regular basis.
It is the whole Yandex ecosystem on which the company is relying for the sales of its smartphone. The Yandex.Phone comes pre-loaded with apps like Yandex.Maps, Yandex.Weather, Yandex.Taxi, Yandex.Money, and Yandex.Music. In other words, the phone has company's own apps and services to help users get things done fast.
Talking about the assistant Alice, Yandex said that it boasts of over 34,000 skills which are spread across a wide range of categories. Some of these include skills for booking cabs, cooking recipes, checking the weather, booking flights, and checking traffic conditions. One can say that Alice works pretty much the same way Amazon's Alexa works.
06/12/2018 10:02 AM