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Bixby 2.0 transforms basic digital assistants into an intelligence tool, says Samsung

It’s the first day of Samsung’s Developer Conference in San Francisco and it’s kicking things off with a couple of announcements, the first of which is Bixby 2.0, the latest version of the firm’s digital assistant.

Bixby 2.0 is, according to Samsung, a “bold reinvention” of the Bixby platform. It’s supposed to transform basic digital assistants from a novelty to an intelligence tool—and it sounds like it’ll do just that.

Taking advantage of the firm’s new SmartThings Cloud platform, Bixby 2.0 is ubiquitous, meaning it can be used to control your entire device ecosystem, including everything from refrigerators to washing machines.

Designed to overcome the relationship errors users of Bixby 1.0 experienced, the latest build features enhanced natural language capabilities, so it can understand not only who you are, but also who members of your family are.

Last, but not least, Samsung has created an SDK for developers, which will let them determine how Bixby can be used to control their applications. We’re expecting some pretty exciting things in that area.

When will Bixby 2.0 arrive?

Overall, it’s a nice upgrade that addresses issues users have been complaining about for a while now. Exactly when Bixby 2.0 will start making the rounds remains unknown, though we’re guessing it’ll start making the rounds by the end of the year.

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cesa4r
cesa4r

I think that bixby 2.0 should have arrived at the galaxy devices that were upgraded to android Nougat, if samsung wants to enter the world of personal assistants should expand, as ios not only brings siri to their new devices, but update some to that these were compatible, just like google not only left its google assistant to the new cell phones but came to all the mobile with marshmallow, I think samsung has not realized that not only make new phones with new functions in software serves so that users can switch to galaxy, as for me I have… Read more »

Jevgeni Fenko
Jevgeni Fenko

And no any word about new languages. It’s not natural for me to switch from my language to English just for some kind of virtual assistant. For me Bixby is dead without support of other languages.

Kinkytestikle
Kinkytestikle

Who picked the name bigsby ? It’s a bit of a mouth full to pronounce. I think it could have been something better like Dave, Jim, Mick or even Bill.

Ron Josiah
Ron Josiah

It’s not “bigsby”, it’s Bixby. The latter is much easier to pronounce than the former.

Kinkytestikle
Kinkytestikle

Both “bigsby” and Bixby are equally awkward to me. Regardless of how it is spelt i think they could have picked an easier word to say.

Kinkytestikle
Kinkytestikle

I’ve disabled it now as much as i can anyway, i think its rubbish. It gets everything i say wrong and then says “here’s what i found on the web”.

Ogishi
Ogishi

Bixby 2.0 actually marks a leadership shift on Bixby from Korea to SRA(or Viv Labs as you consider where the technological support comes from). The presentation of Bixby 2.0 was conducted by Dag Kittlaus, the CEO of Viv Labs. That suggests Bixby 2.0 is essentially a renamed version of Viv.
And, viv is powerful, you’ll see it soon.

B SK
B SK

My self am using both of them, such an innovation development . Each of them complements each other’s missing feature.
E.g i can lock and unlock my phone using Bixby which Google can’t, and I can ask Google to navigate me to a specific location which Bixby can’t.
I love them both and I love the Bixby button which assists me when I don’t want to call Bixby and while my phone is locked at the same time.

stondec
stondec

Bixby can certainly navigate you to whatever location like Google assistant can.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I sincerely hope it is better because current Bixby can’t even recognise the name Hades or any non traditional English names. Even my friend Iain cannot be found because it constantly searches for Ian only. It is good for controlling the device. But things like sharing pictures which would be faster with Bixby are jus so frustrating.

Ron Josiah
Ron Josiah

At this point there’s no need for me to have two assistants running in the background and using up system resources so I’ve completely disabled Bixby. If Bixby 2.0 is even 80% as good as Google Assistant I may just use Bixby instead of Google Assistant.

avinash_jha
avinash_jha

I don’t even know to laugh at this comment or be sad at your ignorance. Do u even know the intent/purpose of Bixby ? Bixby was never meant to be a replacement of Google Assisstant or Siri. Bixby is an Assisstant to control your device using voice instead of touch inputs. The QnA section it has is only an extra feature you get. Go use it and then comment. Ohhh and I typed this using Bixby.

Ron Josiah
Ron Josiah

I don’t even know if I should laugh or be sad at your ignorance. Don’t you even know that Samsung DOES NOT promote Bixby as merely a tool to control your device but as a COMPLETE virtual assistant? Are you ignorant enough to believe that the majority of people who own a Galaxy device are going to use BOTH??? It’s one or the other. Sure there are a few geeks here that use both but the vast majority will not! Again, it’s one or the other. Once my phone is set up the way I want it I have little… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

How can you hope for Bixby to be that good if you are refusing to use it. Google Assistant only came to be because Users were saying “okay Google” for years building up a language library for Google.
Now Samsung need us to do the same for them; its not a tough ask to be part of building the future. Bixby does make mobile life easier, especially using custom commands. Even for a laugh; If you have played Batman Arkham Knight – I have Bixby restart my phone when I tell it to “Initiate Nightfall protocol”! lol