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Monthly users of SK Telecom's AI speaker hits 3 mln mark in Feb

All Headlines 10:01 March 14, 2018

By Kang Yoon-seung

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. said Wednesday the monthly users of its artificial-intelligence speaker NUGU hovered above 3 million as of February, with the number of conversations taking place rising at a rapid pace.

The company said the number of active users for its AI speakers came to 3.63 million last month.

"With the monthly users of NUGU hovering above 3 million, the company has created grounds for sharp growth and can push South Korea's AI industry to a new level," the company said.

SK Telecom said it plans to secure 5 million monthly active users by the end of this year by providing more features, and to continue efforts to foster its own AI ecosystem.

First released in September 2016, SK Telecom said while it took seven months for NUGU to reach its first 100 million dialogues, the speakers are now being used more extensively, with a growing number of users having conversations with the smart device.

The company said the growth was made possible by connecting the speaker to various features that are favored by users, including the navigation system as well as smart devices designed for children and set-top boxes.

Models pose with SK Telecom Co.'s NUGU AI speaker in this photo released by the mobile carrier on March 14, 2018. (Yohap)


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