In a recent interview, Samsung’s head of consumer electronics Kim Hyun-Suk confirmed the company’s plans of making all its devices Bixby and IoT ready by 2020. Kim said that the Company’s goal is to bring all its devices into an ecosystem that will be centralized by a SmartThing app.
In the same interview with The Wall Street Journal, Kim also acknowledged Samsung’s new-found focus on AI, and the three new AI research centers established by the company this month. Samsung now has a total of five AI centers across the world. The company also established an AI council, which consists of Samsung’s top 20 executives.
As far as virtual assistants go, Samsung also knows that Bixby isn’t the first choice for many people. Though it has improved over the last year, it still can’t be compared with the likes of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Samsung plans to change this with Bixby 2.0. In another interview last week, Samsung AI research head Gray G. Lee confirmed that the company will be introducing the upgraded virtual assistant with Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, which is expected to be the Galaxy Note 9. Lee confirmed that among other things, Bixby 2.0 will be featuring better response times and better language support.
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Samsung has already integrated Bixby with a number of its smartphones, and soon TVs, refrigerators and air conditioners are also expected to gain support for the same. More devices are expected to launch this year. There have also been rumors about Samsung planning to launch a smart speaker, to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers. That said, it’s still difficult to say if Samsung will be able to make all its devices Bixby and IoT ready by 2020, but at the moment, nobody seems to be as equipped as Samsung in offering that smart ecosystem, every tech giant has been talking about.