Google bets on a Chinese artificial intelligence start-up

by bold-lichterman

After investing this month in a German research center specializing in artificial intelligence, Google has just invested in Mobvoi, a Chinese start-up that develops AI solutions. This new operation brings to 75 million dollars the amounts raised by the company since its creation. However, the share of the American giant in the capital was not communicated, but it would be a minority stake. The Financial Times evokes between 10% and 20%.

Founded in 2012 by a Google alumnus, Mobvoi develops Chinese language voice recognition and mobile search solutions. These work on iOS or Android. The company is also developing TicWear, an operating system for connected watches, and manufacturing its own TicWatch model. With this new investment, the company intends to continue developing its technologies and developing new products.

Google’s interest in China

This is not the first time that the two companies have worked together since a partnership has already been signed this year to bring Mobvoi’s solutions to Android Wear, Google’s connected watch.

This Google investment revives rumors about the ambitions of the Mountain View firm in the country, when it had decided to leave China in 2010 to operate its services from Hong Kong. Baidu is now the main search engine in the country. Despite everything, Android remains the most widely used mobile operating system in the country.