Russian internet giant Yandex today announced a major expansion of its intelligent assistant Alice through integrations with various smart home products.

Yandex, often referred to as the “Google of Russia,” first to sit inside the Yandex search mobile app. Alice has since expanded to other services, and last year . Later that year, Yandex , with Alice front and center, while third-party hardware makers such as LG into their products.

“A year ago, we brought Alice into users’ homes through the launch of Russia’s first smart speaker, Yandex.Station,” said Denis Chernilevsky, who heads up Alice-enabled device development at Yandex. “The new smart home capabilities for Alice offer Russian users the next level of automated living to complement Alice’s existing comprehensive skill set. Voice-activated technology is

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