Samsung announces theScore integration in Bixby

Last week, Samsung quietly announced a small partnership with the company behind theScore app. This app is available on Android and is among the most popular for finding sports news and live sports scores. Samsung will be flowing information such as sports scores from all your favorite teams right into its digital assistant Bixby for direct integration.

Samsung has a long way to go in making Bixby a legitimate competitor to AI assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but the company is taking baby steps with partnerships and its acquisition of Kngine. Samsung is making Bixby that much smarter with an update bringing real-time integration of statistics from theScore. This will be available in the US only for now and despite not being industry new, it’s a neat addition.

Support for theScore will be available on select Samsung Galaxy devices (since not all have Bixby) and will expand with the roll out Bixby. In the future, we’d expect other devices to have the support as well such as the long-rumored Bixby speaker and not just smartphones. The speaker said to be similar to Google Home Max could launch as early as this quarter at Samsung’s Unpacked 18 event or IFA 2018 alongside a major Bixby update that reinvisions the assistant platform in version 2.0. We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever now and Samsung needs something big to help in playing catch up to make Bixby the finished product it needs to be.

With theScore essentially built into Bixby, users won’t have to download a separate app unless they want a fuller experience. Bixby will be capable of telling you about or showing you various sports headlines from associated media and even live scores from the World Cup. Just jump into Bixby and you’ll have everything you need to get started and customize the app experience to provide relevant information according to your own liking. An update should roll out very soon just as any ordinary Bixby update would. Let us know your thoughts on this in the comment section and if you see the additions appearing on your compatible Galaxy smartphone. We’ll see if this does any good.

SOURCE [Business Insider]

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