Word on the street is Samsung’s Galaxy S8, due out in April, will include the company’s new Bixby artificial intelligence, a new take on digital assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant and Cortana. We had been looking forward to Bixby, at least considering we thought it was built by the same firm that helped build Siri. Turns out that might not be the case, at least not yet.
The Wall Street Journal said this week that Bixby is actually going to be built on top of Samsung’s existing S Voice assistant instead of on top of new technology developed by Viv (pictured above), founded by the folks who built Siri. That’s disappointing, because the technology that Viv labs has displayed in the past, at least in screen shots, looked really clean and advanced compared to S Voice. Samsung’s homebuilt S Voice technology hasn’t ever been very good.
We’ll wait to judge Bixby
Sure, we’ll let Samsung introduce Bixby to the world and still hold out hope that it’s a much more advanced version of S Voice, but I’m a little disappointed that S Voice is the foundation of the new client. It hasn’t ever impressed me in the past, not the way Cortana, Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri have, at least. But Samsung knows this phone needs to stand out following the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, so perhaps Bixby has something fun up its sleeves.
The good news is it sounds like Bixby will have a dedicated button on the Galaxy S8, which sounds pretty useful.