Samsung Voice-Assistant Bixby To Debut With New Phone

The voice assistant is expected to arrive with the Galaxy S8 smartphone, which is due to be unveiled later this month. The rival to Amazon Alexa stole the show at Mobile World Congress, integrating with new Samsung tablets and smartphones from Nokia, Huawei, LG, Sony and HTC. However, Samsung has mentioned that Bixby won't be exclusive to two new flagships as the company will eventually bring it to all of its Internet-connected devices. The list of Samsung apps supported by Bixby will be expanded later. In its announcement, Samsung specifies the agent will keep tabs on the "current context and state" of applications to let Galaxy S8 owners "carry out the current work-in-progress continuously", which seems to describe a form of multitasking. We do have a bold vision of revolutionizing the human-to-machine interface, but that vision won't be realized overnight.

In basic terms, this means that Bixby should be able to complete any command, in nearly any situation.

Bixby can be summoned by either voice or touch controls too, Samsung says. Luckily, we don't have much longer to get our chance to try it out, as March 29 is just around the corner. It also says that Bixby will understand context - it will know where you are and what you've been doing in a particular app and be able to respond based on that information. The company says that Bixby can be used along with the touch interface when the user performs complex tasks, too.

Samsung acquired the USA startup Viv Labs, the company originally behind Apple's Siri assistant in October past year with aims to develop its own version of an AI assistant.

As you can probably surmise, Samsung is betting big on Bixby and its potential to countenance the proliferation of Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa.

The phone manufacturer has said it wants to use its virtual assistant to help make using a smartphone easier, with Bixby in place to help complete tasks and make any aspect of a phone's interface usable by anyone, not just the most tech-savvy. The AI assistant is said to debut with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8. "In the future you would be able to control your air conditioner or TV through Bixby". This means that whatever task a Bixby-enabled app is capable of performing, the user should be able to command Bixby to perform any supported task.

  • Arturo Norris