Playing catch up in the digital assistant race, Samsung is reportedly set to unveil the next version of its Bixby digital assistant. The Siri competitor debuted in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus models back in July. However, unlike traditional AI assistants, Bixby offers more through assistance in tasks such as composing emails, navigating through apps, and editing photos for you.
According to reports, the company is now planning to introduce Bixby version 2.0 in the coming days. One of the biggest change is rumored to be its support for third-party services which will now extend beyond the smartphone. While there is no official word on the same, it can be assumed that the ‘beyond smartphones’ capabilities will refer to support for smart speakers and Samsung Smart TVs.
The latest development arrives on the heels of Samsung’s recent appointment of a new executive for the development of Bixby. The company confirmed this week that Samsung Research America’s vice chief Chung Eui-suk will now be the head of the service intelligence group in its headquarters in Korea. The service intelligence group is in charge of developing Bixby and other artificial intelligence services, Korea Herald reports. ALSO READ: Samsung Bixby Voice: Here’s the list of voice commands, so you can master the newest AI assistant around
During the Galaxy Note 8 launch in South Korea, Samsung Mobile chief Koh Dong-jin was quoted as saying, “We will supplement the incomplete parts of Bixby 1.0 at Bixby 2.0,” indicating that upgrades to the voice assistants will be happening soon.
When the service was introduced with the new Galaxy S8 lineup, it was written off as a half-baked product. At the time of its launch, Bixby voice was not available even in South Korea. It was rolled out much later in August in 200 countries globally. In India, the voice-based assistant rolled out to Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 users only last month. ALSO READ: Google Assistant to take over Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung Bixby by 2021: Report