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Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Technology | By Kate Woods

Samsung's digital assistant Bixby to debut with Galaxy S8 next week

Samsung's digital assistant Bixby to debut with Galaxy S8 next week

Part of that claim comes from the fact that Samsung intends Bixby to be fully integrated with any app that supports it. Of course, I'm sure if you really needed it, Bixby could show you next week's forecast. The S8 should also support Google Assistant if it ships with Android 7.0 as expected, "so users will have a choice between Bixby and Google Assistant".

S8 owners will be able to summon Bixby on the phone at the press of a button.

The company detailed the service in a recent news release, noting several areas where it thinks Bixby will stand out from the pack. Bixby will still execute a task as it understands the users but will ask for more information.

Bixby is a voice- and touch-enabled personal assistant and works on similar lines as Google Assistant but with some extra features, according to Samsung.

What does that mean? The company indicated that Bixby provides a reasonable amount of wiggle room when it comes to how orders are worded and can even work with partial information. Once a news-savvy journalist, she is now a tech-savvy author.

Bixby also sounds like it'll be extremely limited at first and will only work with some of Samsung's apps that come with the Galaxy S8.

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Samsung is rumored to launch the much-awaited Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone this year. However, Samsung plans to add US Spanish and Chinese soon. Keep that in mind for a while.

What can Bixby do within an application? Instead of only being able to complete a few tasks on each application, Bixby-enabled apps can be controlled nearly entirely via voice.

For example, once an app is compatible with Bixby, you will be able to use your voice to control and manage "almost every task" that particular app is capable of, and which are typically controlled using touch commands.

How will you launch Bixby? "It will simplify user education with new voice interfaces and will make using your phone even more seamless and intuitive", the firm said. Samsung's new technology has been carefully kept from the public, its name being one of the few characteristics known, as well as a featured button on new Samsung devices that will allow Bixby to launch and assist.

Such a capability would mesh well with Samsung's other top priority with the AI: sparing users the hassle of following a specific pattern when issuing commands. Ahead of next week's announcement of the Galaxy S8, Samsung has introduced the world to Bixby, its own entry into the increasingly crowded AI landscape.

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