When Samsung acquired a startup called Viv Labs, founded by the creators of Siri, rumours started floating around that the company will use Viv Labs’ technology to build an artificial intelligence digital assistant for the Galaxy S8. Later, some rumours surfaced claiming the name of this AI assistant will be Bixby.
Now, without going into the specifics, Samsung has confirmed that it’s next flagship smartphone is going to feature a digital assistant. Before this official confirmation, Samsung sent out a tweet confirming it as well.
While the market for digital assistants is still young and there are only a few truly capable offerings at the moment with Google Assistant, Alexa, Cortana and Siri, Samsung will still have to do something with their upcoming offering to differentiate themselves from what’s already out there. According to the details from the Reuters report, Samsung has stated that it plans to develop their A.I. assistant with the capability for third-party services to be added into it, and that consumers who purchase the Galaxy S8 will be able to use these third-party services seamlessly as if they were added in as part of the software by Samsung.
“Developers can attach and upload services to our agent. Even if Samsung doesn’t do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users with ease.”
– Samsung Executive Vice President Rhee Injong during a briefing, referring to its AI assistant.
The race to the top of the AI war is a tough one, and while it is widely accepted, that no other company is better equipped than Google to lead the age of the AI, you never really know. Microsoft has nearly perfected its speech recognition tech which is an essential part of AI assistants.
If Samsung manages to even match the level of the Google Assistant, Samsung will have an immediate advantage in the form of its various product range which is much wider than Apple, Google, and Microsoft combined. From Smartphones to Refrigerators, Samsung’s assistant could be omnipresent around your house and better integrated with everything in your house.
The future sounds like Sci-Fi doesn’t it?
Source : Reuters