The working title of the assistant is “Marussia”.
Mail.Ru Group is working on its own voice assistant with the working name “Marussia”. This was reported to Vedomosti by a person familiar with the project participant, as well as an acquaintance of the top managers of the holding.
Vice-President of the holding Anna Artamonova, through a representative, confirmed that Mail.Ru Group is really developing a voice assistant. Whether the name “Maroussia” will be used in the release is not yet decided. The representative of the holding added that the company is also developing a platform with the skills that the assistant will possess. How exactly will be used “Marusya”, he did not specify.
Two more employees of the holding said that not only a voice assistant was being developed, but also a column. A company representative did not confirm this.
In October 2017, Yandex launched the first voice assistant in the Russian market – it was called “Alice”. In May 2018, the company introduced Yandex.Station, a smart column with a built-in assistant. A company representative did not comment on threat of a competitor in the market.