Samsung reported today that a voice-powered digital assistant named “Bixby” will debut with a flagship Galaxy S8 cell phone set to be unveiled by the South Korean consumer gadgets giant.
Bixby enters a crowded field of digital assistants fueled by artificial intelligence that includes Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa.
Samsung said Bixby will concentrate on giving individuals a chance to control mobile applications with talked directives.
“Bixby will be our initial step on a journey to totally open up new ways of interacting with your phone,” Samsung Electronics head of research work and development Injong Rhee said in a release.
“Bixby will be another smart interface on our gadgets.”
A Galaxy S8 cell phone expected to be revealed next week will have a set of pre-installed applications that will work with Bixby, as per Samsung.
Samsung late last year bought Viv, an artificial intelligence startup with co-founders who were a part of the team that built virtual assistant Siri, which Apple bought some seven years back.
Bixby will differ from digital aides already on the market in ways that include controlling about all tasks in applications rather than limited sets, and being flexible with regards to understanding what clients are saying, as per Samsung.
“We do have a bold vision of revolutionizing the human-to-machine interface, however that vision won’t be realized overnight,” Rhee said.
Amazon, Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft are all vying to develop the most sophisticated connected assistant – working to give software the ability to understand what individuals say and even anticipate desires or needs.
Amazon virtual partner Alexa was a star at the Consumer Electronics Show device function early this year in Las Vegas however faces fierce competition.
Chinese giant Baidu likewise utilized the show to exhibit virtual assistant “Little Fish” that it was preparing for a debut in China.
Microsoft recently bought Maluuba, a Montreal startup focused on making machines able to think the way individuals do.