Samsung has announced that a voice-powered digital assistant named “Bixby” will debut with a flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone which is scheduled to be unveiled by the South Korean consumer electronics giant shortly. Bixby enters a crowded field of digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence that includes Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa.
The Consumer electronics major also mentioned that this digital assistant Bixby will have a focus towards allowing users control mobile apps with spoken directives.
“Bixby will be our first step on a journey to completely open up new ways of interacting with your phone,” Samsung Electronics head of research and development Injong Rhee said in a release.
“Bixby will be a new intelligent interface on our devices.”
Galaxy S8 cell phone is expected to be launched one week from now with pre-installed applications that will work with Bixby, as per Samsung.
Samsung before the end of last year purchased Viv, an artificial intelligence startup with co-founders who were part of the team that built virtual assistant Siri.
Bixby will vary from others available in the market as it incorporates controlling almost all tasks in applications rather than restricted sets, and being adaptable with regards to understanding what clients are stating.
“We do have a bold vision of revolutionizing the human-to-machine interface, but that vision won’t be realized overnight,” Rhee said.
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Madhurima Goyal, From ITvoir News Desk