Samsung S8 to offer digital assistant service

It hasn’t been specified how the digital assistant will be serving its users in the smartphone. The Korean giant is looking to play catch with Google and Apple to introduce its own AI-powered AI assistant alongside the Galaxy S8. But it seems S Voice’s days are numbered. Google recently launched a new digital AI called the Assistant, now only available on the company’s Pixel phones, and Amazon’s Alexa has also been steadily updated, most recently reaching customers on the company’s new Echo Dot device. In addition, the company will use the voice assistant for its tablets line, wearable devices, and home appliances. Google, considered the leader in artificial intelligence, is making its own push. And Google Assistant is going to be exclusive to these phones for sometime.

Injong Rhee, chief technology officer for Samsung’s mobile division, said last week that the Galaxy S8’s AI service would feature technology from Viv Labs, offering services that are “significantly differentiated” from those of the competition. “Even if Samsung doesn’t do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users easily”, says company EVP Rhee Injong.

“Even if Samsung doesn’t do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services and provide them to end-users easily”, Rhee told Reuters.

Samsung naturally is coy about the details of its AI-driven assistant, but hints that it will probably be more open to third-party integrations than any other bot so far.

Samsung and VIV Labs agreed that AI technology will ultimately become a common sight like the internet.

Samsung phones already feature a form of voice recognition, known as S Voice, capable of performing basic searches and composing messages, but Bixby is likely to be much more sophisticated. The company expressed its wish to interconnect all of its devices into an Internet of Things (IoT) kind of network using the new AI. Viv also works with third-party services, and by the time S8 hits the market, the plan is for Viv to offer thousands of services. On Siri, users can order an Uber or look up reservations or order food. In case of Apple, Siri is now available on platforms: iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS all have Siri.

PhoneArena cited a supply chain that leaked new information via Chinese microblogging site, Weibo, that Samsung is opting to manufacture its next flagship device with a 2K resolution screen.