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Kakao prepares launch of South Korea's answer to Siri

Tech peers Samsung, Naver play catch-up with AI-powered voice assistants

HONG KONG/SEOUL -- South Korean technology company Kakao will launch a voice-controlled service powered by artificial intelligence in the third quarter of this year, joining a crowded field of competitors including Samsung Electronics and Apple.

Kakao, which owns South Korea's popular messaging app, announced earlier that an AI-assistant platform would be rolled out in June with new features being added later in the year, such as speakers that respond to voice commands to hail a cab and do groceries online.

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