Samsung buys AI company Kngine, human-like Bixby 2.0 incoming?

Samsung buys AI company Kngine, human-like Bixby 2.0 incoming?
Samsung has just made another step towards improving the next version of its virtual assistant – Bixby 2.0. The company has acquired Kngine – an Egyptian-based startup, fully dedicated to the idea of making an AI which learns and evolves just like a human does.

Kngine is developing a human-like artificial intelligence by allowing it to answer questions after learning from reading documents, books, manuals, searching the web, and more. The engine works in phases – first, it processes the question. Then it proceeds to break it down into sub-questions and forms an answering plan. Finally, the engine ranks the answers it has found, giving you the most suitable in the end.

What's interesting is that Samsung has already co-invested in Kngine way back in 2014, alongside Vodafone Ventures Egypt. The acquisition of Kngine actually happened last year through Samsung Research America – a Samsung affiliate company which acquired 100% of the shares in Kngine. Other details of the deal are yet to be uncovered, as Samsung is quiet on the subject.

This is not the first AI company Samsung has acquired, as it recently bought Fluenty, which is developing AI-based communication solutions (aka chatbots) and invested in Reactor Labs, also in the AI-development business. Samsung has also hired Larry Heck, who was responsible for developing the Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana. The Korean giant seems to be going all-in on Bixby 2.0, and we can't wait to see it included in the Galaxy Note 9.

source: The Investor

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17 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Bixby is already a beast at doing everything you can do touch wise voice wise so this acquisition should make it the top dog in AI on a smartphone... And if you haven't used the latest updated Bixby format there's no need to comment no it's not blah blah blah... You can't speak on something you have no knowledge about... This is coming from a current iPhone X/Note 8 user/most other smartphone user...

2. Boast_Rider

Posts: 501; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The reason Bixby is hated so much is because the so called 'tech-enthusiast' youtubers never gave it a chance and declared it a failure even before it arrived. It's a shame really. Bixby is not supposed to be google assistant's competitor, it's supposed to be its companion. Bixby does the work and assistant gives you the answers.

3. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1475; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yes seriously the so called Tech youtubers actually criticised & ruined bixby by saying that its useless & all but it actually does its job very well as advertised.

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 1840; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Those nasty YouTube people. Here’s a thought, why don’t you make your own comparison video showing the superiority of Bixby, and post it on YouTube!

14. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

dude search for sakitech on youtube, he has showed a great deal and potential of Bixby and many people has already known Bixby capabilities and his channel also. Just FYI! Samsung knows that this well that is why they are upgrading Bixby relentlessly :) as simple as that! if I admit honestly, I used Bixby over google now more than ever with my Note 8, and google now on my mate 10 pro.

16. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1475; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lol I guess you didn’t understood what I said, the app is still a new contender but it actually does its job very well whereas those youtubers still actually hate Bixby by saying “that don’t like it there was no need of other assistant on phone” and all because they like other assistants out there. & my only point is that those youtubers shouldn’t criticise one thing if they don’t like but atleast give it a chance.

15. DolmioMan

Posts: 289; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Bixby at the moment is a glorified assistive touch. It’s not great at answering questions. It’s not like YouTube reviews of Bixby were liars, there are lots of problems with it but it’s still in its infancy and I’m sure it’ll improve and so will the competition.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Exactly!

10. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

At least Youtube car reviewers actually drive the cars to criticize. I doubt these so-called Youtube tech enthusiasts have even tried the Bixby before declaring it as a failure. Not once had I seen one with quality Bixby review video.

5. apple-rulz

Posts: 1840; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

No no no! The problem is Bixby groupies and general Samsung n-ut riders declaring Bixby the best AI assistant ever, better than Google or Siri. Bixby is great at certain things, and sucks at others. If you zealots don’t want people jumping on your chests, stop incorrectly claiming Bixby is the best.

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Doubt anyone cares what a certain "Apple-rulz" says. Let it go, bruh!

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 1840; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You care, because you know I’m correct. You go on and thump your chest, whatever makes you feel better.

12. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I am a 7 Plus user and I can confidently say that bixby is better than Siri. What’s more surprising is that it currently a first general product from Samsung.

17. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1475; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup same here from an iPad user.

6. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Some people are so naive that they let people decide for them. Nowadays, most online reviews are biased and tilted, so they stopped being as useful as was previously obtained. . A con for a certain Galaxy says expensive. Another for a certain iPhone says cheap. But the two phones are either similarly priced or the latter priced higher. Dumb!

11. androiduser

Posts: 503; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Too bad ill never buy a samsung phone again

13. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I respect your personal decision and I hope others here do so.

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