Samsung’s Bixby digital voice-assistant received mixed reactions with the enthusiasm that Samsung might have joined it would when it first launched. Now, a Korean report claims that some Bixby improvements could be coming soon.
Arriving a few months ago with the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, many saw a drawback behind competing products like Google Assistant and Siri. Especially the Bixby Voice was affected, even after receiving its delayed English voice component, Bixby is still yet to offer a critical functionality that Google’s AI Assistant – which comes as standard with basically all Android phone – does not. The latest news about a new one today suggests that some Bixby improvements are arriving.
According to The Korea Herald, tipped that Samsung expected to reveal a new and improved version of Bixby, the Bixby 2.0, at the company’s Sanfransisco Developer Conference on October 18.
It was also noted that the Bixby version 2.0 may integrate with third-party services and devices other than smartphones. May go forward into the Smart Home market, including Smart TVs, and other products as well.
With full voice capabilities for U.S. English, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ users can easily activate voice commands such as turning on the flashlights, taking a selfie, setting reminders, find photos from their stored gallery and more by pressing the Bixby button and saying “Hi, Bixby.”
Yes, we have something to tell about. Samsung has recently employed a new Head of Service Intelligence at its South Korea headquarters, Chung Eui-suk, to help develop Bixby and other AI services. Chung essentially replaced Rhee In-Jong, Samsung Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer who played a big role in developing Bixby, as he stops working on the digital assistant is in question. Samsung has denied the claims.
But nevertheless, Samsung Mobile chief Dong-jin was quoted as saying “We will supplement the incomplete parts of Bixby 1.0 at Bixby 2.0,” during the recent Galaxy Note 8 launch in South Korea – an admission that Bixby is currently in an unfinished state.
As always and today, it seems that Samsung is definitely working on an upgraded version of Bixby voice-assistant, but whether it will be announced next week remains to be seen. Stay tuned for more!
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