Samsung officially announces Bixby – a brand new AI assistant coming with the Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 leaks are running wild and we have seen almost everything about the all new devices from Samsung. Today, Samsung has launched a new AI assistant, called “Bixby” which we heard many times in the leaks. The all new Bixby Ai will be first featured in the all new Galaxy S8 and S8+ which will be unveiled on March 29th.

No one was actually expecting this announcement as this was one of the highlighting features of the Galaxy S8, and we thought Samsung would show it off with the launch of the S8, but I guess Samsung has something better planned for that.

Starting with our smartphones, Bixby will be gradually applied to all our appliances. In the future you would be able to control your air conditioner or TV through Bixby. 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. As the Bixby ecosystem grows, we believe Bixby will evolve from a smartphone interface to an interface for your life.”


According to the lengthy press release, this is how Bixby will work.

Provided the user is currently using a Bixby-enabled app, pressing the special-purpose button will bring Bixby to the front, which will then prompt users for a voice or touch command (it’s not yet clear whether text commands will be supported), which will be context-sensitive. That is, Bixby will take into account what the user is currently doing when evaluating their commands, like an upgraded version of Google’s Now on Tap. Samsung also wants the assistant to be feature-complete, meaning it can do everything an app can do with its conventional interface. You can refer the Press Release here for detailed information on Bixby.

According to Samsung, Bixby will try to understand what users are asking of it, even when they supply incomplete information. How it plans to do that isn’t entirely clear, though – Samsung says Bixby “will prompt users to provide more information and take the execution of the task in piecemeal”, but that, as far as we know, is the way pretty much every assistant works nowadays.

So it remains unclear what exactly will be unique about Samsung’s new AI, as, at least according to this press release, it doesn’t present anything groundbreaking. Apart from the company’s desire to achieve feature parity with apps’ regular touch interfaces, not much jumps out as particularly revolutionary at the moment. In fact, the whole press release lacks much detail, like screenshots and examples, which may be logical if Samsung doesn’t want to reveal much about its user interface, but still makes us wonder why the company chose to publish it today. This is very strange.

Samsung also sort of addresses concerns that it won’t include Bixby in its new flagships at launch as well.

There has been a lot of excitement and speculation about what we will deliver with the launch of the Galaxy S8 later this month, especially due to the advancements in artificial intelligence. We do have a bold vision of revolutionizing the human-to-machine interface, but that vision won’t be realized overnight. Ambition takes time.”

Weird right. Will this be another gimmick to catch some customers? Let’s wait for the S8 to launch on the 29th and see what exactly is going to happen. Stay tuned to Andro Dollar for the updates and why not share the news with your friends?

Source – Samsung