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Samsung buys another AI startup to improve Bixby

In its mission to further improve Bixby, Samsung has acquired artificial intelligence startup Kngine. It has taken a 100 percent stake in the company that has developed an artificial intelligence search engine which can understand and answer questions as well as perform relevant actions.

Samsung acquires Kngine

Kngine started its operations back in Egypt back in 2013. The company details on its website that its artificial intelligence engine crawls the web, enterprise documents, books, FAQs and even customer service logs to create “biologically plausible knowledge representations,” which basically means that the AI strives to function like a human brain.

It first understands the questions and then breaks them down into sub-questions and dependencies before forming a solution plan. It then searches its knowledge graph which combines knowledge from countless documents to find possible answers before surfacing the most plausible answer to the query.

A Samsung official revealed to The Investor that the company’s venture capital unit Samsung Next had actually invested in Kngine jointly with Vodafone Ventures Egypt in 2014. Samsung Research America later acquired a 100 percent stake in the company last year.

This isn’t the first acquisition of its kind. Samsung has been picking up smaller artificial intelligence companies recently some of which include Expect Labs and Vicarious. These acquisitions are in line with its efforts to advance artificial intelligence solutions.

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whqhdrbs
whqhdrbs

As far as I know, when samsung acquired viv labs it notified samsung that it would need 1.5 years before it get implemented in samsung phones, current bixby is based on what samsung had been working on internally before viv, and viv creators (former siri creators) are now viv president at samsung..since the acquisition samsung has acquired more than 30+AI related companies or startups and already around 1000 third party developers are working on it..samsung ceo confirmed that at the time of note 9 bixby 2.0 will be released and 2.0 isn’t incremental upgrade they are Viv labs one…see what… Read more »

Dretsel
Dretsel

Let’s be real guys, Bixby is here to stay if you like it or not. If you don’t want Bixby, don’t buy a Samsung phone.

As for the article, this is good news, it’s showing Samsung is really focused and dedicated on improving Bixby (Remember how much S- Voice sucked?), from here on forward Bixby will only be getting better.

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

S-Voice could interactively read and reply to text messages before Google Voice could.

It wasn’t that bad.

Matthaus79
Matthaus79

Seriously just get rid of the damn thing and the button to go with it which is in the way always

It will never be as good as Google assistant for simple tasks

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

Simple tasks for simple people.

Bixby for the rest of us.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Why they wasting money on this crap service? How many people actually use bixby? They cheap out on making the s9 the best it can be but willing to throw money away on useless bloatware.

It’s another half baked idea that doesn’t work correctly. The best software updates was the ability to turn off the button from launching this crap service.

Now in wish they release official as update to allow you to map it to something useful like the camera or even the torch

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

You obviously don’t have a phone with the button because if you did you’d know that the button can be remapped. Easily.

Nice try though.

/Sent from my Galaxy Note8

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

The 3rd party apps to remapping the button isn’t reliable and has cause performance issues from my experience

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Oh you have to point out in a signature you have a note

Signed using an s8

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

and who uses the long press home to activate Google Assistant? – why don’t you complain about that remapping? you’re acting like Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa were all perfect at launch… Give it time and it will get better, and though I am not the biggest fan of the American English, it controls the phone amazingly. and you already just have to double press the power button to bring up the camera, how many quick shortcuts do you need? the torch is a simple swipe away on the edge panel. remapping to either of these functions is hardly taking making… Read more »

stondec
stondec

Let’s hope this quickly translates into a much improved Bixby.
As it stands Bixby is excellent at navigating the phone but not much else and also is in dire need of polish.