Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Samsung announces Bixby 2.0

Samsung announces Bixby 2.0

The first major update to Bixby makes it an open source AI Assistant, will be available in TVs, phones, refrigerators and more.

The ubiquity across devices aspect of Samsung's ambitions is tied to another product and platform announcement-Project Ambience. "With Bixby 2.0, the doors will be wide open for developers to choose and model how users interact with Bixby in their services across all application domains e.g., sports, food, entertainment, or travel - the opportunities are truly endless". Samsung hasn't announced any new language support for phones so until that happens it could be a bumpy ride for a while yet. The company is also opening the new platform to developers, so they can create apps and services to work with all these devices. However, we do know that the new Bixby will be spreading out beyond smartphones.

As per the company, Bixby 2.0 is a bold reinvention of the platform and has been exclusively aimed at transforming basic digital assistants from a novelty to an intelligence tool that is a key part of everyone's daily life.

Apart from this, Samsung is also planning to launch this Bixby Voice Assistant for Samsung Smart Television in the United States and Korean markets.

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We want to hear more about what Bixby 2.0 does differently, but Samsung isn't sharing much yet.

The arrival of Bixby 2.0 is expected to challenge industry leading assistant Amazon Alexa as well as Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana and Apple's Siri. For the very same reason, the giant has pushed an update to turn off this Bixby assistant from the Samsung devices.

However, the actual details about Bixby 2.0 are still completely unknown. Most of us here have commented at one point or another about hoping to have our own personal Jarvis. Regardless of what device you access the virtual personal assistant on, Samsung promises that it will be much better at processing natural language and predicting user needs. There will be more developers joining in with this Bixby 2.0 SDK to bring more powerful third party apps which come with the support of Bixby Voice Assistant.

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