Shortly after announcing the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at Unpacked 2018, it has been reported that Samsung has acquired an Egyptian-based startup company known as Kngine to help with Bixby. Kngine was started in 2013 and has been developing its own AI that functions much like the human brain. Samsung could use the company’s know-how to help with Bixby 2.0, said to release later this year alongside Galaxy Note 9 and a Bixby smart speaker.
Shortly after being on stage at MWC 2018 in Barcelona during Unpacked 2018 to announce the latest Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones, Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh confirmed a Bixby-powered smart speaker. The device that has been rumored for some time hasn’t made way to MWC 2018 for any kind of official introduction, but is being worked on back at Samsung Labs.
Google has Google Home and Amazon has Amazon Echo. Samsung doesn’t want to be left out of the crowd, right? Back in the summertime, we got word that Samsung was considering the launch of a smart speaker of its own, powered by Bixby, the company’s own artificial intelligent (AI) assistant. The report was later shelved, but a trusted source now claims the opposite.
Bixby 2.0 was announced last week, right on schedule, during Samsung’s annual developer conference. Bixby is only a mere six months old, and yet, version 2.0 is on its way. Here’s a roundup of what to expect out of Samsung’s second-generation Bixby AI assistant.
Bixby, Samsung’s digital AI assistant, has only been in the hands of people for four months. You must be an owner of Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ or Galaxy Note 8 to use it, but given the delay of Bixby Voice among other factors, Samsung is feeling the need to roll out an update and address many of the platform’s problems. This update, said to be version 2.0, could be announced sooner than we all think.
Samsung put up a brave fight with its Bixby hardware button found on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, but it was a battle the company would lose eventually. Yesterday, the company began rolling out a software update allowing some customers to disable it from triggering the Bixby Home app.
Bixby Voice is one of the highlighting feature-sets of Bixby. It’s the one that arrived for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ customers behind schedule. Today, the voice features have become available in over 200 countries.
There are now five competing virtual assistants, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, and Samsung Bixby. After much delay due to various reasons and an early beta program, Samsung’s Bixby Voice AI assistant began rolling out this week in the US. As of right now, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones are the only to feature it, but more including the Galaxy Note 8 are on the way.