Apart from all that s being speculated about Samsung s next year s flagship, the Galaxy S8, one of the most talked about feature is its digital assistant. Not long ago, we had learnt that Samsung will be giving gender identity to it digital assistant, and a patent had revealed that they may be called Bixby and Kestra. Now, the latest dirt that comes in about the Galaxy S8 s digital assistant is that it may be integrated within each app that comes pre-installed in the smartphone. Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in IndiaAlso Read - Gorilla Glass DX, DX+ to now protect your phone cameras, will debut on a Samsung phone
This comes from a report by SamMobile, which suggests that unlike its already existing, and not so superior in terms of its competitor s, S Voice, the new digital assistant would be a lot more advanced and will work system-wide . This sounds a lot similar to how Siri works in iOS 10. You can use Siri to access not only most of your native apps, but the iOS 10 enables Siri-support for some third party apps like Uber and WhatsApp as well. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M21 2021 vs Redmi Note 10: Which is better under Rs 15,000?
In addition, while the presence of the new AI-based digital assistant on the Galaxy S8 was confirmed by Samsung recently, for the longest time it was still just a speculation. The feature was confirmed when SamMobile sent out a tweet confirming that version 1.0 of Bixby will indeed be present on the Galaxy S8. Without going into the specifics, Samsung had confirmed that it s next flagship smartphone is going to feature a digital assistant. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 leak hints at 6-inch display, 8GB of RAM
Rumors about Samsung s own virtual assistant began churning out a few weeks ago, after the South Korean company acquired Viv Labs, a California-based startup. The company is known for its development of intelligent interfaces that can be applied to everything, and most importantly, it is known for creating Apple s Siri, which is now a part of Apple iPhones, iPads and the MacBooks too.
Also, for the one s who have been out of loop and wondering where the names Bixby and Kestra come from; please roll back to the Star Trek world. Jerome Bixby is an American writer, who produced four screenplays for Star Trek episodes back in the 60s, while Kestra can be linked to Kestra Troi, the little sister of USS Enterprise s ship counselor. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 could include Beast Mode feature, trademark filing reveals
In addition to that, sometime ago, we had also learnt that the Samsung Galaxy S8 may feature a button dedicated to launching the AI digital assistant. Essentially, rather than using just speech to fire up the device s virtual assistant, a Wall Street Journal report hinted that it is more likely that customers will be able to use a hardware shortcut button to trigger the feature. The latest internal prototypes of the premium Galaxy S8 handset include a button on the side edge of the smartphone that would be used to launch a beefed-up virtual assistant, says the report.
However, to counter that, some sources said that this report may not turn out to be true, given that the prototypes aren t final and could change. And, the fact that Samsung hasn t yet agreed on how the AI assistant would work could indicate that the company may not be ready yet to launch the flagship handset at the Mobile World Congress in February 2017 as was expected. In turn, we learnt, that the launch may be pushed to April 2017. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature Bluetooth 5.0 support: Report
Also, Samsung may expand the AI digital assistant to its other devices as well, including wearables to make every Samsung user s life connected to their own personal assistant, that will learn everything about them. While Samsung has not yet specified the features of the Viv AI digital assistant, it did mention that third-party developers will be able to integrate their services and interact with the assistant.