The company's new intelligent assistant will provide full voice control over Bixby-enabled apps and appliances.
(CCM) — Samsung has finally whipped the veil of secrecy off Bixby, revealing details about its new intelligent assistant in a surprise announcement just days before it shows off its flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone. Bixby will solve the problem of devices that are too hard for people to use, promised Injong Rhee, Samsung's Head of Research and Development. "Instead of humans learning how the machine interacts with the world, it is the machine that needs to learn and adapt to us," he said.
Rhee believes that Bixby will be different from intelligent assistants like Siri because "Bixby-enabled" applications will be able to support voice input for almost every task that an application is capable of performing using touch. "Most existing agents currently support only a few selected tasks for an application and therefore confuse users about what works or what doesn’t work by voice command," he explained. He said that some applications on the Galaxy S8 will be Bixby–enabled at launch, and in the future a tool will be released to enable third-party developers to Bixby-enable their applications and services. Samsung also plans to Bixby-enable all of its appliances such as televisions and air conditioners.
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