Samsung's Bixby Will Help You with Your Phone

Yolanda Curtis
March 22, 2017

There will soon be a new kid on the block by the way of voice assistants.

Additionally, Microsoft offers Cortana on its Windows computers; Google Assistant is built into Google Home device and some of its smartphones; and IBM is offering its Watson artificial-intelligence technology for other companies to use. It's the brainchild of Samsung.

"Bixby is at the heart of our software and services evolution as a company", Injong Rhee, an executive vice president at Samsung Electronics and head of its software and service research and development, said in a blog post on Monday.

Unlike other existing agents that can only support a handful of tasks for each application, Rhee said Bixby will be able to support nearly every task that an application is capable of via traditional touch screen interactions.

Context Awareness: When using any Bixby-enabled application, the user can then call upon Bixby, who in turn will understand the context and "state of the application and will allow users to carry out the current work-in-progress continuously". "It will provide contextual understanding (taking into account, for example, the context of the application from which it is launched) and cognitive elements in order to execute an action in spite of incomplete information or an incomplete request".

The Galaxy S8 to be unveiled later this month sports a side-button that can activate a digital assistant dubbed Bixby, the company said during a pre-launch briefing.

The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, due on March 29, will include some Bixby features from the off, while the service is set to grow over time. "Since Bixby will be implemented in the cloud, as long as a device has an internet connection and simple circuitry to receive voice inputs, it will be able to connect with Bixby". They can use touch or voice, whichever comes most naturally to them. It is also expected that Samsung will add dual rear cameras to its phone.

The Galaxy S8 will have a dedicated Bixby button.

Beyond that, Bixby will rolled out to Samsung TVs, fridges and other smart appliances. Unlike its rivals, Bixby will support "almost every task" that an app can regularly perform.

The philosophy behind Bixby is explained by Samsung as follows: "instead of humans learning how the machine interacts with the world (a reflection of the abilities of designers), it is the machine that needs to learn and adapt to us." . Once activated the voice assistant will help users with his digital life. It also detailed some of its exciting features along the company's long-term strategy with its entry in the brutal voice-powered virtual assistant battleground.

Rounding up the specs are a 6,000mAh battery, which Samsung claims is good for 12hr of video-viewing, along with fast-charging capability that charges the device in 3hr.

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