Digital assistant is one of mobile technology innovations. It was popularized by Siri in 2011, and it became a necessary technology for mobile devices. Currently, many companies like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Samsung develop digital assistants for their mobile handsets. Microsoft has adopted it for their desktop computers as well as Siri did last year.

This digital assistant competition will keep going. This year, the Japanese-based messaging app called Line is reportedly developing their digital assistant. They named it Clova and it will be available for mobile devices and desktops. Takeshi Idezawa, CEO Line said,

AI is our most important project at Line and represents a paradigm shift as dramatic as the rise of the smartphone a decade ago. We are aiming to make Clova Asia’s leading cloud AI platform.

Clova will come together with two hardware devices: speaker and smart display. In order to support Clova exclusively, Line will cooperate with Sony and LG in presenting that hardware. The smart speaker will be called Wave and Face for the smart display.

The platform will include the sort of features you might expect from a digital assistance in 2017 — like easy access to news, weather, calendars and online purchases —

Like the other digital assistants, Clova can do many common things. For instance, easy access to news, weather, calendar, and online purchases. Interestingly, Clova is able to handle the complex questions and uses the facial-recognition technology as its security system when you access its sensible data and features inside.

We don’t know yet about the Clova availability. However, the device is believed to come to the public sometimes in early summer. The sales will be targeted for Asia first as it’s the biggest market for Line. Starting from Japan and South Korea, then Thailand, Indonesia, and Taiwan.

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