Samsung to launch Bixby 2.0 alongside the Galaxy Note 9 later this year

Samsung to launch Bixby 2.0 alongside the Galaxy Note 9 later this year
It was back in October 2017 when we first heard that Samsung is prepping a huge new upgrade for its AI assistant. Dubbed Bixby 2.0, it is supposed to transform the digital assistant into an AI tool that's integral to the user's life, or so Sammy hopes. The new Bixby will finally come with a software development kit, allowing 3rd party developers and product makers connect their smart stuff to Samsung's AI.

In an interview at MWC 2018, Samsung's chief of Mobile DJ Koh said that the focus with Bixby 1.0 was all about expansion. The company wanted to get the assistant out in as many users' hands as possible first, then work on expanding the ecosystem — which is an entirely different ordeal — later. Bixby 2.0 has more than 800 companies in its beta program, so that should be a splashy launch. As per DJ Koh, the new version of the AI assistant will be ready for primetime just in time for the Galaxy Note 9's launch.

Samsung to launch Bixby 2.0 alongside the Galaxy Note 9 later this year
What will Bixby 2.0 be all about? Well, we've been promised a more natural-sounding voice and we believe it's fair to assume that Bixby should be doing better with conversation threads. It will also be able to recignize different voices, a-la Google Assistant, which is always a great feature to have with these voice-activated assistants (*ahem*, Apple). Also, Samsung will be looking to incorporate it in all of its products — think TVs with Bixby, fridges with Bixby, washing machines with Bixby, PCs with Bixby, and yes — smart speakers with Bixby. Considering that we were told that the Samsung home speaker will be launching later this year, we are starting to believe that it will be a part of the Galaxy Note 9 event, where it will show up with a Bixby 2.0 out of the box.

It's also worth noting that the Bixby on your phone and Bixby on your washing machine (for example) are not going to be two separate AIs that sync to each other. Samsung wants to make the assistant ubiquitous across all your devices, so we assume some sort of constant connection to the cloud will have a play in this.

Well... looks like we are not going to see that Bixby button go away from the Galaxy phones. Hooray?

source: ZDNet

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3021; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

The first gen is already so good

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1091; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Bixby is so-so. It doesn't always recognize my voice even though I am speaking clearly and it doesn't always answer me with the right details. Google assistant and Cortana work so much better to me. Maybe Bixby 2.0 will work better?

3. Stangtx07

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 18, 2017

Samsung can really be a really threat to Google as Samsung already has the product segment down.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30513; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Personally, I like the Bixby button, not an issue. Looking forward to any upgrades, and improvements.

5. YeahYeah

Posts: 246; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It is funny how they criticize Bixby button but never criticize iPhone x siri button. Oh they can't criticize their favourite brand cause they copied Bixby button.

11. Zylam

Posts: 1751; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LMAO the Power button just has long press for Siri. It's just a long press of the home button remapped since the X doesn't have a home button. Even Google launch the assist by a long press of the home button. What people should make fun of the power button now? LOL. Perfect example of how insecure Samsung fans are here.

13. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Because you cant remap it and since android is known for its customization Samsung's bixby button is getting critized because you cant change it to any functions but only bixby. Meanwhile apple has removed its home button and transfered that to their power button so it doesnt only function as a siri button. Just stop listening to critics then? If you really love your brand you dont have to listen to anyone just to validate your purchases. Your money your decision that's it.

7. antroid

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Personally I don't have a Samsung device but I'm sure the more options we as customers will have the better the software of other companies will be. Competition is always great to have

14. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Im a bit not into it at least for samsung i hope they removed their duplicate apps and use google apps as their default it creates clutter. I understand that Samsung really wants to be in control of the OS but i think they have to remember it's not their OS im just saying.

9. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Will this come to previous gens or only this years'?

12. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

I don't think they'd keep Bixby 2.0 only for the new phones. It wouldn't make sense leaving the S8 and Note 8 behind already.

15. chenski

Posts: 726; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I don't know, companies nowadays seem to abandon devices pretty rapidly

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