Samsung Galaxy S8's AI digital assistant will be open to developers


Following an earlier story that revealed some of the features of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Reuters today reconfirms the fact that the smartphone will come with a brand new AI (artificial intelligence) digital assistant.

As previously assumed, the new AI digital assistant service will be based on Viv, an assistant that Samsung purchased last month (interestingly, the co-founders of Viv Labs were also the original creators of Apple's Siri).

According to Reuters, the S8's digital assistant will be open to developers, thus always being able to integrate new features and interact with third-party services. Talking about the upcoming digital assistant, a Samsung executive confirmed that "developers can attach and upload services to our agent." Reuters further notes that voice assistant services will be expanded to other Samsung devices, including wearables and home appliances.

Of course, Samsung already has an S Voice assistant for its smartphones, but this is not on par with Siri, Google Assistant, or Microsoft's Cortana. The new assistant - which might be oddly named Bixby - will hopefully be much more useful.

After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco (the handset was recalled twice and ultimately discontinued because it packed unsafe batteries), Samsung certainly needs a new high-end phone that can lure customers all over the world. This year's Galaxy S7 was very well received, but it remains to be seen if the Galaxy S8 will have what it takes to... make Samsung great again.

Alongside a new digital assistant, the Galaxy S8 is expected to bring a "slick design" (possibly including thinner bezels), and enhanced cameras. The smartphone could be officially announced in February or March 2017, likely being released shortly after that. 

We're certainly looking forward to seeing what the Samsung Galaxy S8 has to offer. What about you?

P.S.: In case it's not clear, the device pictured above is the Galaxy S7 edge.

source: Reuters

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44 Comments

1. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Cant wait for the S8 :)

9. Bankz

Posts: 2517; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Sammy: king of duplicates

14. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Thank God, cause their apps are better.

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'm glad OEMs offer their own apps for email, calendar, notes, etc, 'cause I would NEVER use fkn google's apps for such personal stuff. Disabled their apps on my OnePlus One, happily using the alternative provided by Cyanogen. That's the beauty of android; choice.

34. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

The main question here is "WILL IT EXPLODE?"..

45. nodes

Posts: 1155; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

asking the real question.

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Don't understand why you guy's keep mentioning the Note 7 recall in every Samsung article? Is that really necessary??

4. Clars123

Posts: 1076; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

expect it till the S9

41. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Damn...

19. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Do you really don't understand, why? lol

42. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1806; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I really do don't! Lol

44. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You really don't? Post #30 says it all.

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Knowing PA. Properly when everyone is long gone, Little PA bastard will still to cracking those N7 bad jokes.

30. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Because it's iphonearena. They have to jab at Samsung somehow.

39. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

They will mention in iPhone article like, Note 7 helped Apple on the sales..... Note 7 helped Tim cook..... Note 7 helped iphone 8 release

3. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Hey Bixby, what is the weather like? :)

10. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

Bixby: Cloudy smoke with a chance of rain from a fire truck, have a nice day

5. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Should also make exynos source code available to developers for better AOSP and unofficail ROM support, don't lock bootloaders or give option to unlock.

8. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

This. And I don't even use android. I remember having my Samsung and all the best roms were on the snapdragons. I still went with the exynos variant.

40. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

If they go with Qualcomm's ultrasonic Sense ID 3D, then I don't think we will see an Exynos in the S8. You have to use a Snapdragon to use Sense ID 3D, and I don't foresee part of their lineup having it and part of it using an Exynos and something else.

43. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

They can license it or develop their own. Just like they did with image sensors (using both Sony and their own with similar techniques like PDAF), or fast charging.

6. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

What will happen to S-Voice?!?!?

7. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

More fragmentation in the land of Android. Why do OEM's waste time and resources creating half measure duplicates of already present Google services that are far superior. Samsung really hates having to rely on Android, they desperately want their own OS and eco system. Tizen on the watches is evidence of how much they want their own OS.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2517; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Then they should just leave already ffs.. Why are they wasting this much time? They should just make it snappy and leave already. Being Tired of their junk for a long time now tbh

18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

This isn't iOS, no one is dictating to you like some sheep to use their service. Don't like it, feel free to disable or even uninstall it and set whatever you want as the default. No point "wasting time and resources" bitching like you have no choice...

23. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"This isn't iOS, no one is dictating to you like some sheep to use their service." Google says "Hi there :D" bro. And you can disable services in iOS now BTW....... "No point "wasting time and resources" bitching like you have no choice..." #TRIGGERED....... Honestly, choice gets thrown around a lot here.......but it doesn't look like most of you actually get the premise of the word. If you did, this wouldn't need to be said in the first place.

26. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"And you can disable services in iOS now BTW..." Nice, glad you guys finally have that ancient option. Have you also gotten the option to fully replace Siri, Safari, Mail, Reminders, Music and stock iOS apps with apps from the store yet, or is apple still holding back that ancient function? "but it doesn't look like most of you actually get the premise of the word. If you did, this wouldn't need to be said in the first place." Barely ever needs to be said to non-apple users, they're very familiar with it. On the other hand, it appears die-hard apple fanatics aren't familiar with choice, something apple is well known for not providing, hence why you see them bitching about OEMs making alternatives to google's stock android offerings (be it apps, launchers, etc.) like they're the only option on the table. Only needs to be pointed out to such naive individuals.

29. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Have you also gotten the option to fully replace Siri, Safari, Mail, Reminders, Music and stock iOS apps with apps from the store yet, or is apple still holding back that ancient function?" Why would I want to replace safari? It's by in large the best mobile browser available aside from Samsung's. That whole "default apps suck" nonsense leads most people to, you know, make the apps better. "Barely ever needs to be said to non-apple users, they're very familiar with it. On the other hand, it appears die-hard apple fanatics aren't familiar with choice, something apple is well known for not providing, hence why you see them bitching about OEMs making alternatives to google's stock android offerings (be it apps, launchers, etc.) like they're the only option on the table. Only needs to be pointed out to such naive individuals." There's some naivety in thinking everyone is a neckbeard hipster who "alternate" every aspect of a phone. It's a phone.....calm down. I like a little control in my life, but not that much. Keeping things simple is a key aspect of making mainstream items. Yes, the things you hate.....but going mainstream is the goal of every major business. What you're speaking so passionately about "unique" factor...... or as I call it, hipster bulls**t. Let you tell it my GF would have a mess of garbage on her home screen giving her information she could've just clicked on. Nope.....don't need those problems hogging up my RAM to give me the Warriors score when Google exists. Give me a clean, stock interface, and I'll figure out the rest. Alternatives from the OEM, while at times welcome, are usually useless AF......hence why people bitch.

35. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Why would I want to replace safari?" Lol, I take that as "no, apple hasn't implemented it yet, so I have no fukn clue of the uses". Not too long ago, die-hard apple fanatics were asking the same about widgets, uninstalling/disabling stock apps, apps running in the background, etc. Like them, won't expect you to realize the uses until apple implements it on iOS. "Keeping things simple is a key aspect of making mainstream items" Lol, the BS you come up with just to defend your divine apple. Android is way more mainstream/common than iOS, that hasn't stopped it from getting more and more advanced. As much as you'd like to think otherwise, being advanced doesn't mean hard to use. No matter how simple you think iOS is, there are still those who have no clue how to set it up or even use iTunes. Limiting the flexibility of the OS 'cause of such computer illiterates is pointless. Simply keep it simple by default and provide options for more advanced features in the settings, that way meeting every user's needs, regardless of their computer literacy. That's why Android is easily used by majority on earth, not just computer illiterates.

36. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"That's why Android is easily used by majority on earth, not just computer illiterates." Android is widespread because it's the Ramen of OSes. Cheap, relatively inoffensive, yet surprisingly decent. Don't get market share confused with popularity. "Lol, I take that as "no, apple hasn't implemented it yet, so I have no fukn clue of the uses" I use Android too ya'know. Not all that useful switching defaults on email clients and such. "Not too long ago, die-hard apple fanatics were asking the same about widgets, uninstalling/disabling stock apps, apps running in the background, etc. Like them, won't expect you to realize the uses until apple implements it on iOS." Is making an ass of yourself a legit occupation? Seriously....... none of that stuff has changed the way I use any phone I've ever owned.....ever. "No matter how simple you think iOS is, there are still those who have no clue how to set it up or even use iTunes" Seriously? The old "iTunes is too complicated!" argument? Really? I haven't used iTunes in 4 years...... I can do this all day fam'..........

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