Samsung's new AI assistant will use the Galaxy S8's camera to do visual search and text recognition

Samsung's new AI assistant will use the Galaxy S8's camera to do visual search and text recognition
Another day, another speculation about Samsung's upcoming flagship. This time, the folks at SamMobile received information that Bixby, the new AI assistant that will come with the Galaxy S8, will be able provide users with a visual search tool and a OCR feature that will both use the camera of the S8.

The built-in camera app of the Galaxy S8 will have its own Bixby button. Upon activation, the button will give access to a search tool that will analyze anything that the user is pointing at via the camera. Bixby will then process the image, and try to identify any objects or text. The feature will basically help you search for items on the web and will process/translate any text it recognizes.

This aspect of Bixby surely sounds familiar, as there are other apps like Google Goggles and Blippar that are also able to perform similar tasks. However, Bixby's supposed deep integration with almost every other native S8 app might make all the difference here. For example, it could help you make a purchase through Samsung Pay after it finds where the identified object could be bought.

The new AI assistant is expected to launch exclusively on the Galaxy S8, but that restriction won't last forever. As we previously reported, a new Note 8 device is in the works and will likely also host Bixby upon its release.

source: SamMobile



1. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Galaxy s8 will be Of mass destruction

2. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Alright, thats enough with the s8 rumors, just let me buy the damn thing already. Grrrrr

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Resource hog...

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Gimmicky features with no actual use.

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

No offence, but why do you tend to be so shortsighted? This is basically integrating what Google Goggles (an abandoned project) used to offer, and last time I checked, that's in no way a gimmick given all the uses it brought, including: - Real-time translation of signs/restaurant menus/etc - Real-time object/product/structure identification - The above could then be further used to find better deals on products if you're at a retail store - Reverse image searching - etc.

7. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Plasticsh1t basically admitted in a comment yesterday that he's salty when it comes to Samsung. Do we really expect any less from the Anti-Samsung brigade?

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

None taken and thanks for sharing your thoughts. I prefer a fast, reliable, and smooth experience more than these resource hog features. Add to the fact maybe it won't be available in my country and it will hog the processor and ram and eat a lot of storage. So to me it's gimmicky and useless.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

In less it was Apple or what ever phone you use, then it would be best thing ever

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Gimmicky? Here is a use. Many retailers are offering the ability to pay for items as you shop. For example, in the Target app, as you pick items of the shelf, you can scan the barcode with the app and just pay for the item and just show yoru receipt as you leave. This tech could now just let you put the item in the cameras view, give you all the details and even show pricing from different stores so you can get a better price. Or how about pointing at a place of interest and having it show right on the phone with search results? I don't know if its gimmicky or not. Samsung has had some gimmicks with all of them appearing on the S4. The S4 was the reason I stopped buy the S after owning both the S2 and S3. I moved to the Note because it didnt have the S4's gimmicky CPU hogging features. But this doesn't even sound gimmicky.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Very interesting! Eagerly waiting for the Note 8.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am also waiting for the best ever.

11. cleatglitch

Posts: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

hearing the words...note me goosebumps

13. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I would get the Note 8 over the S8. Like the S Pen. Might test one with T-Mobile since at&t wants to be like Verizon. Greedy.

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