When we think of voice assistance services on smartphones, only Google Assistant comes to our mind. But if we look at China, there are plenty of them offered by OEMs such as Huawei, OPPO, and Xiaomi as Google services are blocked in the region. Outside China, Samsung launched its Bixby Voice Assistant back in early 2017.
Recently, another Chinese OEM OnePlus has joined the bandwagon by launching its own voice assistance services Breeno. The company has released the feature only in China as of now. It has been made available for OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro users via public beta 7 update for HydrogenOS (the Chinese counterpart of OxygenOS). The Breeno voice assistance service needs to be downloaded manually in APK format with the update.
However, Breeno is not something that is completely owned by OnePlus. Very few people know that Chinese electronics group BBK Electronics Corporation is the company that actually owns OnePlus, Oppo, realme, and Vivo. It was Oppo that launched the Breeno Voice Assistant in 2018. Therefore, it would be easier for one of the group companies (OnePlus) to adopt the same technology from another (Oppo).
OnePlus also rolled out the December Android security patch with the HydrogenOS public beta 7 update for OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro devices in China. The company has revealed that it will release the Breeno voice assistance service to the OnePlus 7T series in the near future as well. We guess it would be just a matter of time when OnePlus will come up with Breeno in the global regions.