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Samsung to bring Bixby voice assistant to wearable, smartphone and home appliances

Samsung acquired Viv Labs and has created a voice assistant called Bixby, work across its Tizen ecosystem of smartphone, wearable and home appliances in IoT
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Ash
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Dec 27, 2016

Samsung acquired Viv Labs in order to build a new and powerful virtual assistant that can rival the offerings from Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Today, according to Information received by Sammobile, Samsung will use a new virtual assistant named Bixby on all its native apps on the upcoming Android-powered Galaxy S8. For instance, you could be in the Gallery app and search for a particular image just by using your voice and this assistant would work system-wide.

Bixby is thought to be a replacement to Samsung's S Voice application and offers users the ability to seamlessly access third-party services. “Developers can attach and upload services to our agent,” said Samsung Executive Vice President Rhee Injong. Samsung has already promised next generation software and services in not only their smartphones but also in millions of products across their ecosystem, just think Tizen 😉 This will include wearable devices and home appliances.

The Gear S3 / Gear S2 are new devices and are certainly not near their end of life product cycle. It would not be beyond speculation if Samsung was able to Introduce Bixby into this line-up via a software update and further strengthen their position in the smartwatch wearable market. The Gear S4 seems like a proposition too far into the future for this tech.

Another place that we think Bixby will feel t home is the Samsung Tizen range of Smartphones including the Samsung Z1, Z2, and Z3. This is an area that the Korean tech giant can let its creativity run free and is not bound by any limitations that might be imposed by Google, which can dictate terms in the Android world.

The Smart Home also makes for a natural home for this product, as home automation is a field that Samsung is already doing quite well in with their SmartThings and Smart TV technology. Samsung will be Integrating more of its SmartThings technology into the Smart TV, making it a central IoT hub for connected devices.

 

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3 comments on “Samsung to bring Bixby voice assistant to wearable, smartphone and home appliances”

  1. Google won't be able to impose restrictions on voice assistants. The couldn't with S Voice and they can't with this. Samsung should continue in this vein, it's pretty obvious with the acquisitions they are making that they are the building blocks necessary to ditch Android eventually.

  2. Apparantly nobody really realizes that Bixby is far more powerfull than Siri, Cortana and Google Now.

    Brian Roemmele wrote a very interesting article on VIV (Bixby) on Quora.com.

    The secret to Viv is the system actually writes its own code. In contrast to
    any other similar system (Cortana, Google Now and Siri), It is a profound and monumental giant leap forward.

    Viv uses a patented exponential self learning system as opposed to the linear programed systems currently used by systems like Siri, Echo and Cortana. What this means is that the technology in use by Viv is orders of magnitude more powerful because Viv's operational software requires just a few lines of seed code to establish the domain, ontology and taxonomy to operate on a word or phrase.

    Here's a link tot that article

    https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-technology-of-Viv/answer/Brian-Roemmele?srid=Pi3&share=19442a3d

  3. I notice that Bixby is coming out first on the Galaxy S8, which is is also Samsung's first phone with the Qualcomm 835.

    The DSP in the 835 supports neural networks and machine learning, which Qualcomm stated at CES 2017. As far as I know, this is an industry first. Since Samsung helped with development (or at least the manufacturing) of the 835 I'm sure they had a clue and thought it would be a great time to push into AI. I think this also connects with what Floris wrote about Viv writing its own code.

    If I am right to think that Bixby needs hardware support, then existing products like the Gear S3 will not support it other than working as a handsfree for your Galaxy S8.

    I bought a S7 Edge in December from the Samsung website, before Qualcomm's announcement at CES 2017. It's a great phone, but now I regret not waiting for the S8.

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