Samsung shares some details about Galaxy S8’s digital assistant


Samsung has already confirmed that its next Galaxy S flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S8 – will feature an enhanced artificial-intelligence service. There have even been reports that the service will be called Bixby.

The company has now provided a few other details that give us an idea of what this assistant might be capable of.

Following the meeting with Lee, VIV Labs’ management and Samsung Electronics’ Vice President Rhee In-jong met reporters to give them a glimpse of how the new AI platform will be applied into the Galaxy S8 and the company’s other appliances.

Rhee said, “We are developing a key major interface which will bring about a totally new paradigm; an open AI platform.”

Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus pointed out that this AI platform won’t just be limited to smartphones but it will also work with home appliances that users interact with quite frequently. The company’s focus is to make this work as a “connected technology” which extends to different types of devices. The platform can effectively double as a remote control for compatible appliances, “(For instance) you will be able to ask your refrigerator to show you your photos on your phone,” said Rhee.

Such smart home technology is also being developed by other global tech firms including Google, Apple and Amazon, which are seeking to find new business opportunities beyond the saturated smartphone market.

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