Samsung buys AI based personal assistant Viv, developed by Siri's parents
posted by Alan F. / Oct 05, 2016, 10:11 PM
Back in May, we told you that the developers of Siri had tested out their new creation, Viv, at Disrupt. Viv is a personal assistant like Siri, but understands more complex commands and natural language. You can ask Viv questions like "Was it raining in Seattle three Thursdays ago? Try asking that question to your current virtual assistant. Siri responded by saying "Sorry, I can't get weather for dates in the past." Google responded with links to a story about Viv!
Viv also works with third parties, allowing users to order flowers, wire money to a friend, and more. And this afternoon, we received word that the company, Viv Labs, has been purchased by Samsung. The original developers of Siri created the new company two years after their previous outfit was bought by Apple. Viv will take on Siri, Google Now and Cortana; Viv co-founder Dag Kittlaus said that Samsung was selected to purchase the company because "They ship 500 million devices a year." Kittlaus says that this fits into his goal of ubiquity for Viv. The price of the acquisition was not revealed.
This is a space where companies are stepping up big time. In iOS 10, Siri now has access to third party developers which allows users to place orders via the feature. Google might have the most exciting personal assistant platform in the works with Google Assistant. Like Viv, complex questions can be asked, and it will understand natural language. You will be able to ask "How many home runs has Giancarlo Stanton hit in his career?," and then ask a more natural follow-up question like, "How many did he hit this season?"
Samsung could end up using Viv not only on its mobile devices, but on other products as well. The manufacturer could decide to make Viv a feature that differentiates its Android devices from others.
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Something to replace S Voice? Count me in fr. S Voice triggers me.
posted on Oct 05, 2016, 10:32 PM 2
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S-Voice blows. This is welcome news.
posted on Oct 06, 2016, 2:44 AM 1
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The only issue I've had with S-Vopice is it slow. Maybe because the servers for it are in Korea? I dunno. Even though its slow, it has always been very accurate in my requests. I find them all to suck equally in that I can get my answer faster by other means.
posted on Oct 06, 2016, 1:02 PM 0
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Hopefully Viv can tell you if your phone is about to explode. Sorry, couldn't resist..
posted on Oct 05, 2016, 10:56 PM 5
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When Samsung doesn't have enough brains to make a voice assistant and instead lazily buy someone else's and call it their innovation.
posted on Oct 06, 2016, 12:35 AM 7
That's want all big companies do!!!
posted on Oct 06, 2016, 12:47 AM 9
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Actually they made their own, its called S-Voice. The fact is, Samsung does have the brains, but maybe not the time. Its funny, have you ever said that about any other company? Apple outsources and buys everything for their devices. Has that been an issue? Apple bought Siri. Microsoft made Cortana on their own. Google made their own Google Voice Assistant. It not about brains, its about time, money and commitment. When you need something fast, its better to buy working solution. Its just liek when you want to eat. Do you always go buy raw food and cook it? No. Sure somtimes we by fast food because we are lazy and dont feel liek cooking. But we also buy other peoples cooking because "maybe they cook what we like better than we do." Also consider cost. Samsung maybe doesn't want to spend the money, because look, someone else already did it. So why spend money reinventing the wheel, when someone has already reinvented the wheel and made it better? Its amazing what nasty BS you can say about Samsung, yet when other company's so this; you've said nothing. Doesn't that make you a hypocrite? Android was not developed by Google. They bought it. Microsoft didn't create the apps that make up Office, they didn't make DOS and they didn't even make Unix or Windows. They made those things from buying them from someone else and making them better. So using your analogy, apple must be lazy for not making Siri, they bought it and rolled it into their UI. Microsoft must be lazy in that they did not make all of the office apps or DOS. Oh and when I watch Samsung Unpack events, I've never heard them take credit for others work. We all know Samsung uses Sony for camera sensors, but they also make their own and in side by side comparisons, they are identical in capability. Samsung makes an OS along with other OEM's called Tizen, but its not ready to compete directly with IOS and Android. They use Android. Does that make them lazy? I guess all Android OEM are lazy, because it would actually be smarter for all of them to make their own OS and not be supported vs taking what is readily available and supported and using it?!
posted on Oct 06, 2016, 1:21 PM 0
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I see Samsung discontinuing android phones in 2 - 3 years time. With Google outing their own hardware and coming in direct competition with their partners, Samsung are just gathering all they need to breakaway from Google. With their recently released Gear s3 running on Tizen and offering up to 4 days battery life and top notch user experience, vertical integration is the way to go for Samsung. Not to talk of their premium and solidly built hardware, camera technology implementation, and of course, their world wide appeal; it won't be long before we get a third(or fourth, if you count Windows 10) major player in the mobile industry.
posted on Oct 06, 2016, 5:13 AM 0
That is only going to happen if they ever get their own app store off the ground. That is by a huge margin the most difficult part of them actually striking out on their own. You can have the best hardware in the world, and it won't make a difference without that in the smart phone market. And that is definitely not going to happen in only two years or so. And really, I don't think Samsung has much of anything to worry about from Google. I'm not sure that's a strong impetuous for them to leave. I understand the argument, but it's not as if the presence of Google has made a substantial difference over the years so far. The fact that Google is more directly controlling the material aspect of their products doesn't seem to be much of a game changer, although it certainly has the potential to be.
posted on Oct 06, 2016, 5:24 AM 0
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