Talk to the phone: Samsung unveils Bixby

With regards to completeness, Samsung claims that you will be able to perform any task using the apps without touching your phone's screen. Bixby would be in a better position to be the virtual assistant of choice if this vision from Samsung materializes with its promised capability.

Samsung Bixby is now official, and Samsung has confirmed that it'll be part of the Galaxy S8 that'll be unveiled later this month. The new assistant, which Samsung is calling Bixby, is created to learn how humans interact with devices. This will result in a seamless work experience with Bixby.

However, by the time Bixby is actually entering the market, we already know that it is a crowded place with Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Alexa in the competition.

Also, as Bixby has cognitive tolerance, you won't have to memorize specific phrases. Now, it's Samsung to take up the stage for the launch of its Bixby smart assistant.

Users will also be able to use Bixby with a mixture of voice and touch commands without losing the work in progress, according to Samsung.

InJong Rhee, EVP, head of R&D, software and services, Samsung, says "instead of humans learning how the machine interacts with the world, it is the machine that needs to learn and adapt to us". Completeness refers to Bixby's deeper integration into enabled applications, meaning that Samsung expects Bixby-enabled apps to support voice commands for almost everything that can be normally accessed through the touch interface.

The South Korean firm said Bixby will be a new intelligent interface on its devices. Samsung may release the Bixby SDK for the third party developers and service providers to make the apps as well as services Bixby-enabled. Bixby will still execute a task as it understands the users but will ask for more information.

But in addition to appearing on mobile devices, Bixby also appears to be slated for use in other interconnected and IoT devices, such as TVs, refrigerators and even air conditioners.

After smartphones, Bixby will be available on appliances.

Several apps on the Galaxy S8 will be Bixby-enabled at launch, and Samsung plans to add more over time. "As the Bixby ecosystem grows, we believe Bixby will evolve from a smartphone interface to an interface for your life".

  • Arturo Norris