Samsung now has its own digital voice assistant to compete with Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.
Its name is Bixby, according to a Samsung press release. It'll appear for the first time on the Galaxy S8, which will launch later this month.
Samsung hopes Bixby can outshine the competition by being far more comprehensive and powerful than other assistants. Samsung claims Bixby can do "almost every task" that you could normally do with a phone's buttons or touch screen.
Bixby also allegedly can "understand the current context and state of the application," allowing you to use the app with your hands while doing something entirely different with your voice.
Bixby also can understand normal human language, rather than requiring you to memorize syntactical rules to start commands (like "OK, Google"). There will be a dedicated "Bixby button" on the side of the phone. Talking to Bixby will require "one push of the Bixby button and a simple command."
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Samsung claims its goal is to "remove friction" and make it as easy to adapt to using Bixby as possible, hence the physical button. It plans to open up Bixby use to third-party applications over time.
As CNET reports, this isn't Samsung's first digital assistant. It launched S Voice with the Galaxy S3 in 2012. It was quickly deemed irrelevant.
InJong Rhee, Samsung's executive vice president, said he envisioned Bixby ultimately being used across Internet of Things devices, like home appliances and other smart devices.
Rhee also addressed the concerns that Samsung was duplicating Google's work with the assistant since Samsung phones run Android.
"We know and understand our applications better than anybody else out there," Rhee said.
Here's what appears to be Bixby's logo.
With artificial intelligence, here's a new way to interact with your phone. Learn more: https://t.co/VZMCu0YOkS— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) March 20, 2017
Samsung has touted Bixby's artificial intelligence as a revolution.
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