Samsung Galaxy S8 'Bixby Vision' Al Gets More Real
Jan 25, 2017 04:14 AM EST
The South Korean tech giant has just trademarked a feature called "Bixby Vision" making the new Al assistant named Bixby more real in Samsung Galaxy S8 phones. When reports claimed that Samsung acquired Al startup Viv Labs last year, gadget and tech enthusiasts suspected that a Samsung assistant wasn't far from becoming a reality.
According to Sam Mobile, the features includes Bixby communicating with the front and rear-facing cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Moreover, the new Al assistant will be able to process payments and have the required permissions to control native applications on the handset it is preloaded on. Samsung's focus to integrate it with all forms of technology, such as refrigerators and washing machines, is by far the most impressive aspect of the platform.
Unfortunately, people will have to wait a while to hear more of Bixby's impressive features as Samsung won't be launching the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress in February. The decision came after the South Korean electronics company found the result of its investigation on why the Note 7 smartphone kept on exploding. The cause has been revealed to be a bad battery design.
The company says it is now taking careful steps to ensure that something similar doesn't happen with the launch of the Galaxy S8, as a repeat would be absolutely disastrous for their reputation. Noteworthy, when Samsung announced a recall on the Note 7, its South Korea traded shares fell more than 8 percent. This is the biggest daily drop ever recorded which knocked $17 billion off their market.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is poised to stand as the company's shot at redemption with the phone's compelling features. However, Samsung won't be the first to trumpet Al in a phone. Previously, HTC announced that U Ultra and U Play contained Al which helps the phone learn of the user's preference over time. In addition, Huawei's Honor Magic, which is available only in China for now, also uses the Al as a convenience tool.