Lenovo has introduced its AI-based voice-assistant service Lenovo Voice for Windows 10 computers. The app that falls under the productivity category is around 70MB in size and it can access your files, peripheral devices, apps, programs, and registry, etc. It also seeks permission to access your microphone.
Lenovo Voice for Windows 10
Lenovo initially introduced its Voice app at the Tech World. In its introductory video, the company has this to say:
“Lenovo Voice is able to translate with little to no latency making the conversation almost natural and seamless. Using AI technology, it is able to translate voice to text and text to voice making the experience all the much better.”
The Microsoft Store listing consists of several in-app screenshots that offer a glimpse of what Lenovo Voice service is all about. Apparently, it enables real-time translation in conversations that support text, speech-to-text, and text-to-speech, etc. It also listens to commands and shows weather-related information.
The in-app settings comprise the following set of options: User Center, Voice Assistant, Translator, Voice Text, and About. The app also supports in-app purchases, probably for a paid service that transcribes offline videos and certain other features.
It looks like Lenovo Voice targets the Chinese market and offers English, Chinese, and Japanese translation. Although the app is listed on Microsoft Store, Lenovo Voice is currently not available to download through Microsoft Store. Meanwhile, the exe installer is listed on the official Lenovo website for download. This link opened only after I had disabled my VPN.
I managed to install and downloaded Lenovo Voice through the official company website. Upon installing the app, I couldn’t understand most of the settings since all the instructions were in Chinese. I briefly tried the voice assistant feature and spoke a few commands in English.
The app didn’t catch anything that I was saying and instead responded in Chinese. It may have translated my commands but it’s highly unusual for a voice-assistant app that wouldn’t respond in the same language as the speaker, to begin with.
Obviously, Lenovo Voice has a long way to go and is far from ready to operate in the international markets.