Google services are said to be decoupled by Huawei from the Android skin, EMUI. This is due to the trade ban by the U.S Government on the company. The Huawei AppGallery is said to replace the Google Play Store and instead of Google Mobile Services, the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) will be shipped. A dedicated voice assistant named Hey Celia has been created by the OEM, which would be an alternative to the Google Assistant.
During the online launch event of Huawei P40 series, Celia was announced, but the Celia voice assistant wasn’t being featured in the initial firmware package. The Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and the Huawei P40 Pro+ run the latest version of EMUI 10.1 and Hey Celia is also accessible on these handsets.
Director of Huawei’s Consumer Division in France, Alex Huang said to the Media Outlets of France that like Xiaoyi China’s personal assistant, Celia is a global personal assistant. Huawei’s AI Cube smart speaker uses the Chinese version of the assistant.
How to Activate Hey Celia
Huawei’s AI helper, Celia, a rival to the Google Assistant is launched by holding the power button for one second or saying, “Hey Celia”. All tasks can be done hands-free. Everyday tasks can be streamlined using this AI helper. Tasks are performed by Celia like:
- Setting alarms
- Making calls
- Checking weather
- Counting calories
- Playing music
- Translation features
- Send Text
- Schedule Event
- Get info about plants
- Eat at the local restaurant
- Take a selfie
Other features like Google-Lens-like AI vision capabilities are also equipped. An apple, for instance, can be scanned and it can tell you how many calories you are consuming. In addition, it can scan images while online shopping and assist users in buying similar products on sale. In due course, more features shall be added to Celia and its market shall be expanded, as per Huawei. The availability of this phone is region-restricted, available in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia with English(UK), French, and Spanish as the supported languages.
A brand new micro-stereotypic AOD is brought by EMUI 10.1, in addition to the voice assistant, making the handset’s display look higher in color and three-dimensional, at the same time. More free screen interaction is brought by a new smart split-screen function, which in turn has been brought by the EMUI 10.1. To bring up the sidebar, one needs to swipe in from both sides of the screen. To open the split-screen, long press and dragging are required.
Across two application windows on the same screen, pictures and text can be dragged, and also the file manager Files can be dragged in the mail. In addition, through the floating window, a reply can be sent to an instant message, in video and games. In addition, the classic multi-screen collaboration function is also inherited by Huawei. At a later date, more Huawei shall make Celia appear on other devices such as TV speakers.