According to a new report put forward by The Wall Street Journal, Samsung Bixby, the AI voice assistant that will make its debut with the Galaxy S8, will not be based on Viv Labs technology like previous reports have indicated.
When Samsung acquired Viv Labs, rumors started flying around claiming that the firm will bring its expertise to the Galaxy S8 via the Bixby AI assistant, but according to the new report, the voice assistant will be based on Samsung’s S-Voice technology. An official from the South Korean tech giant has previously suggested that Viv Labs will play a major role in developing the AI assistant, but The Wall Street Journal claims to have gotten the new information from people who are even closer to this matter.
However, what Samsung engineers have simply done is to upgrade the assistant from S-Voice over the recent months, a feature that has been on the company’s flagship S series since the Galaxy S3. With Bixby, Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to do a better job at competing with the likes of Siri and Google Assistant than what S-Voice could never manage.
According to the report from The Wall Street Journal, Bixby will be superior to S Voice by far thanks to features like the ability to answer voiced questions from Samsung Galaxy S8 users. Just like the many rumors doing rounds about the feature are saying, the report also adds that Bixby will have a dedicated button on the S8 flagship. But for now, it is not known whether the assistant will be smart enough to keep learning from the habits of users, much like the Google Assistant.
Samsung Galaxy S8 will also come with a 3.5mm audio jack, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, no physical home button and a curved display on both models. As for the availability, The Wall Street Journal report says the phone will be on shelves in two months’ time.
Of course, with the sources in this report not confirmed, be sure to take these as just rumors. But still, they sound really interesting, at least from our side of the desk. What are your thoughts? Share with us in the comments.