Samsung confirms Bixby name, AI assistant to 'control all operations of the touch interface'

Samsung confirms Bixby name, AI assistant to 'control all operations of the touch interface'
The term artificial intelligence has been greatly misused by phone makers and tech reporters alike lately. After Amazon made a hit with its Alexa virtual butler on the Echo home gadget that sold millions, Google came up with its Assistant, Apple boosted the Siri capabilities, and Samsung will reportedly come up with Bixby for the Galaxy S8, based on its acquisition of Viv Labs.

They are all called AI by the marketing departments, but are in fact glorified voice recognition and machine learning software with limited functionality beyond predetermined commands, or answers to a follow-up question or two. Samsung, however, seemingly has larger ambitions for Bixby, as it reportedly plans to incorporate it throughout the Galaxy S8 interface, individual apps included, and even place it into its Internet of Things network of smart home appliances, for instance.

This rumor just got semi-confirmed by Samsung's own privacy info page on its Italian website. Not only is the virtual assistant indeed listed as Bixby in the documentation, but, according to Google Translate, "you can control all operations with the touch interface using voice commands with Bixby." The privacy document has been last updated two weeks ago, and seems to refer to all of Samsung's "mobile devices," so the Bixby helper could eventually debut with the S8, and make its way downstream to the A-series, or even Samsung's lowly J-class at some point. As to how exactly will Bixby let you command the interface with your voice, remains to be seen two weeks from now when Samsung takes the stage to intro the S8.


source: Samsung via Galaxyclub

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28 Comments

1. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Title: "Samsung confirms"..., in the article "Samsung semi-confirmed", what a classic but ye its most likely confirmed to have some sort of Virtual Assistant^^

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Hey Bixby... Give me a extensive run down of all the specs of the Note 8...

3. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Bixby lol what a stupid name.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No worse than the others, hell Google's assistant doesn't even have a name lol.

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I thought "Okay" was the name given to Google's assistant.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Oh man, that was actually funny...

12. bidho

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

"Okay"?, "Hey Okay"?, "Okay Okay"? Please stop.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol Technically its just called "Google Assistant" But I might just call her OK from now on.

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Okay XD

21. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Or as in girl talk, simply 'K'

23. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Say...Potassium is a good name. LOL. "Good morning Potty, give me today's weather update".

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you have to accentuate properly for it to hear you. Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

5. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Ehhh,more bloatware. Samsung needs to just give users what they want,and we already have Google assistant, s7 edge, and am afraid Bixby is just going to be a glorified s-voice

18. TerryTerius unregistered

What exactly is it that users want?

6. svknet

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

Tongue twister name!

9. AlikMalix unregistered

It's nice to see V-Assistants improving and better-ing themselves over competition... I'm all for it.. but unfortunately (and I'll probably end up being wrong) the Bixby will have the same fate as Tizen - kind of a garage project that pleeps on the tech news forums once in a while, but nothing as major as alexa, siri, and g-now... just my thoughts on the matter....

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Should be named bitch-by.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The bixby name alone will stop me from even thinking of using this thing. God, what a moronic name. anyway, why am i not surprised?

15. AlikMalix unregistered

But at least it's a better name than "google now" which is awkward to use in a sentence or in dialog: "do you use google now? No, not now. No, I meant google now? Now? No. Maybe tomorrow." Or "to use the feature you activate google now and ask it questions. Why does it have to be now, won't it work later? No, you can use google now now or later." Yeah like that.

19. TerryTerius unregistered

Yeah, but you don't actually say "Google now" when you're calling up Google services.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

That wasnt my point.

24. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1095; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

hahahha lol. +1

14. kerginaldo17 unregistered

That s8 promises. It's even making me horny.

22. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Ew. Samsung fanboys and their fetish for their electronics.

16. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1050; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I'm still hoping to use Kestra instead

25. iamdoctorluv

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 14, 2017

Love the idea but "Bixby"? Not feeling tht name at all.. Samsung, call the AI "Sam" please

27. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah, I made a note a while back... Samsung is flushing a great name opportunity down the toilet - could have called it "Sammy" or something...

28. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Please add it to the gear s3

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