Samsung Bixby wants to guide you through the Galaxy

Samsung has created a virtual assistant named Bixby for its new smartphone.

Samsung blogpost further states that when an application becomes Bixby-enabled, it'll be able to support all the tasks through voice commands, that the app could do in a conventional touch interface.

"Bixby will be our first step on a journey to completely open up new ways of interacting with your phone", said Rhee, "Bixby will be a new intelligent interface on our devices".

Samsung also talked about the Galaxy S8's dedicated Bixby button, which the company claims will allow you to instantly perform voice commands without unlocking the phone and manually opening apps.

However, it seems applying artificial intelligence (AI) from Viv - founded Dag Kittlaus who co-founded Siri - will come in a latter iteration. Its co-founders were the part of the team that created Siri, that Apple bought around seven years ago.

Samsung also points out that Bixby is not going to be rigid when it comes to voice commands.

Digital assistants are big in mobile right now, with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple all offering their own virtual helpers.

Context awareness means that you'll be able to summon Bixby at any time, even while using an app, and it will know what you were doing.

"Most existing agents now support only a few selected tasks for an application and therefore confuse users about what works or what doesn't work by voice command", Rhee wrote.

"Bixby will be able to support nearly every task that the application is capable of performing using the conventional interface (i.e. touch commands)", said Injong Rhee, executive vice president and head of R&D for software and services at Samsung Electronics. Now we just have to wait for the Galaxy S8 to get here so that we can try Bixby ourselves.

According to Injong Rhee, a set of preinstalled applications will be Bixby-enabled which will continue to expand over time. The company will release an SDK so that third-party app developers can add Bixby support.

Starting with our smartphones, Bixby will be gradually applied to all our appliances. Bixby has been designed as a cloud-based application for this reason, requiring just an internet connection and voice input system to work.

Bixby will definitely make our lives easier because we only need to say a few words for it to start and do some tasks.

  • Carolyn Briggs