Amidst all the rumors surfacing all over the net, some official information about Samsung Galaxy S8 update has already been confirmed. The confirmation states that the Galaxy S8 will feature an enhanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) service. Reports also say that the new phone will be called “Bixby.”
Samsung Galaxy S8 Update on AI
Samsung, through its Vice President Rhee In-jong, has already revealed that they are “developing a key major interface which will bring about a totally new paradigm; an open AI platform,” as per Korea Herald. This may be the South Korean company’s way of getting back up after their literally explosive release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
The AI known as “Bixby” will be based on Viv Labs’ platform. The AI platform will combine strong AI with system-wide reach and an Application Program Interface (API) open for third-party development.
The information that “Bixby” will be embedded to most of Samsung’s native apps has also been leaked. This update may bring a total visual overhaul to these apps. The Korean tech giant had already said it will not be necessary to go into specific apps to perform many tasks.
Similarities to Apple’s Siri
The Samsung Galaxy S8 update also states that the device is expected to be an upgraded replacement of Samsung Galaxy’s present personal assistant, S Voice. “Bixby” would be more advanced than S Voice and is also expected to be working on the whole smartphone’s system. For instance, it may be used inside the Gallery app. Thus, users can ask “Bixby” to show pictures and videos on a particular category as requested. This is similar to Apple’s Photos app in iOS 10.
The new smartphone is also comparable with Apple’s Siri because the former will be based on Viv. Viv is an intelligent personal assistant software known for creating Apple’s Siri. It will also be able to offer answers and actions based on the requests and orders of the user just like Apple’s Siri. However, Samsung’s “Bixby” will probably be more powerful.
The AI Assistant would more likely be a more high tech Samsung version of its top competitor, Apple’s Siri.
The full details on the Samsung Galaxy 8 is expected to launch sometime in April 2017.