Samsung confirms Bixby virtual assistant, will debut with the Galaxy S8

Samsung confirms Bixby virtual assistant, will debut with the Galaxy S8

Samsung officially announced the details of its new voice assistant 'Bixby" in a press release earlier today, describing the product as a "new intelligent interface'. Completeness refers to the assistant's ability to trigger almost any task inside an application that can be triggered using a touch command.

Secondly, Samsung claims that when using a Bixby-enabled app, you will be able to use Bixby at any time and it will understand the current context.

Rhee continued that its Bixby is "fundamentally different" from over voice assistants and offers a more "in-depth" experience due to "completeness, context awareness, and cognitive tolerance". "The button will be used for Bixby in the long run", an official from a local telecom carrier was quoted as saying.

Starting with our smartphones, Bixby will be gradually applied to all our appliances. Apart from the company's desire to achieve feature parity with apps' regular touch interfaces, not much jumps out as particularly revolutionary at the moment (and by the way, that parity will have to be added by app developers, rather that Samsung itself, which makes us really skeptical regarding its future success).

Alongside this emphasis on the convenience of its users and the flexibility of the AI in adapting to their needs, Samsung also outlined the three guiding principles it adhered to in the creation of its virtual assistant, principles which it believes will allow Bixby to surpass its competition in the increasingly crowded AI space.

The company also points out that this is a long-term vision for the platform, and that the Galaxy S8 will only have "a subset of preinstalled applications [that] will be Bixby-enabled". Bixby will reportedly be smart enough to understand commands with incomplete information and "execute the commanded task to the best of its knowledge".

How will you launch Bixby?

If you're familiar with Samsung's underwhelming S Voice interface, you may be less than enthused about a new virtual assistant from the Korean technology giant.

The overarching goal, according to Rhee, is "to make the interface of the phone simpler and more natural to use". So in all of those leaked photos you saw that revealed an extra button on the Galaxy S8, we now know for sure that that will be held in place for Bixby.

Bixby will eventually make its way to all of Samsung's appliances, allowing you to control everything from air conditioners to TVs using the assistant.

To start, Bixby will only work with some of Samsung's first-party apps, but the company does plan on launching an SDK later this year which will let developers make their apps Bixby-ready. This will come in the form of a "dedicated Bixby button" located on the side of Samsung's next device.

Of course, first impressions are everything when it comes to virtual assistants (just ask all the people that tried Siri when it first came out, found it disappointing, and never looked at it again), and Bixby is going to have to deliver if it is going to be as revolutionary as Samsung hopes.

Completeness means that Bixby will be able to complete a multitude of tasks.

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