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Samsung’s Bixby assistant said to be based on S Voice, not Viv Labs’ technology

Samsung’s upcoming AI-powered voice assistant Bixby was previously speculated to be built by Viv Labs, an AI specialist Samsung acquired last year. It was expected to debut with the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus, replacing S Voice and offering much better capabilities. However, if a new report from The Wall Street Journal is to be believed, Bixby is based on S Voice rather than on Viv Labs’ AI technology.

The Wall Street Journal‘s report, citing people familiar with the matter, states that Bixby has been upgraded from S Voice by Samsung’s engineers over the past few months. It will reportedly be able to “answer voiced questions from users,” and may come with a dedicated hardware button, as suggested earlier. If Bixby is to compete with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri, it needs to be much better than the current version of S Voice.

What do you think about this report? Of course, you should take this information with a pinch of salt. However, if this turns out to be true, do you think Samsung’s strategy of upgrading S Voice to Bixby rather than building it from ground up was a wise choice?

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agarco
agarco

If true one reason not to buy the new S8. S Voice isn’t worth it.

NotReallySamsungFan
NotReallySamsungFan

I almost couldn’t breathe in fast enough to laugh. What the hell are they even doing? S-voice is at the level that Siri/google now we’re on release.

wordsley
wordsley

Samsung just forget this rubbish, all I want is the Google asisant , no more bloatware……

xfrgtr
xfrgtr

I cant wait!!!!!!The most beautiful phone in the universe.I can see that a lot of butthurt LG users troll in this comments section.I feel sorry for you,hahahahaha!!!!!

agarco
agarco

Huge mistake if report is true, S voice is a disaster, hope Samsung doesn’t commit a huge blunder! Not the way to make us forget about Note 7 debacle. Just another dumb voice assistant?

techngamr
techngamr

Total disaster

j2001m
j2001m

S voice is based of the same ai as apples so it’s not like it’s not got the backend to be good/ok, they may got the viv labs team to just recode it for them

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

Well they just shot themselves in the foot.

nemir
nemir

BS! … No dedicated development on it so no need to use a hard button !…

prking
prking

So no dual camera, no Bixby, smaller than expected battery, no under glass fingerprint and awkward fingerprint scanner. Where’s the innovation to justify the new higher pricing?
I hope these leaks are hoaxes and next month Samsung release a revolutionary S8.

hot_spare
hot_spare

Are you an idiot? – What has dual camera got to do with innovation? what matters is camera quality. Do you see Hasselblad/Phase One coming with dual cameras even though they cost more than 10000? A single proper camera is better than crap dual/quad camera. – No Bixby!? Are you a retard? 100 of articles showing there is even a dedicated button for Bixby? Do you even read?? WTF is wrong with your eyes? – Smaller than expected battery? Problem is your expectation. The overall volume of S8 is almost same as S7. If you studied basic science, you would… Read more »

ironbat
ironbat

If the new version can outperform the rivals then it’s a wise decision.