The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) HAS the plan to launch an Alexa rival, which has been given the working title “Beeb.” It will launch next year.
The focus is said to be on helping people find their favorite TV and radio shows alongside a range of BBC online content. The corporation is designing the software to work on “all smart speakers, TVs and mobiles.” They will also offer the tech to manufacturers who want to integrate the voice assistant into their own hardware. The intent is to “experiment with new programmes, features and experiences without someone else’s permission to build it in a certain way,” a BBC spokesperson told. BBC staff around the UK are being invited to record their voices to help train the programme to recognize different accents.
Preparing for implement Beeb, BBC has started to withdraw some of its content from select third party services. It removed its podcasts from certain Google products, and its radio stations are also disappearing from TuneIn at the end of the month. Some analysts expressed skepticism that BBC can succeed with its own voice assistant because they see it as competing directly with tech giants such as Amazon, Apple, and Google.However it’s said “Beeb” doesn’t need to compete with Alexa and Siri to succeed. It just needs to add value for consumers.