Samsung's AI chief confirms Bixby 2.0 will be launched alongside the Galaxy Note 9

There’s no doubt that Samsung plans to continue to improve its advanced Bixby platform, especially that most competing companies are trying to lure customers with their own AI platforms. Back in February, Samsung’s CEO confirmed the next version of Bixby will be launched alongside the South Korean company’s second flagship for 2018.

Today, Gray G. Lee, head of the AI Center under Samsung Research told Korea Herald that the next flagship smartphone coming from his company, the Galaxy Note 9 will include an improved version of Bixby.

He went on to say that Bixby 2.0 will offer enhanced …


Upcoming smart speakers in 2018: Echo, Google Home, Bixby

Smart speakers are becoming a wide-spread commodity, with Amazon’s Echo devices and Google’s Home coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices, and Apple joining the fray with its own HomePod earlier this year. Not to mention the numerous 3rd party solutions, which support either Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant. No doubt, with the stunning advances in AI that Google showcased at the I/O keynote yesterday, more and more people will be looking to add a smart speaker in their home and many companies will be looking for their place in the niche.

But what can …

LG may not repeat Samsung's Bixby button mistake with the G7

Much like the Samsung’s recent phones, the LG G7 features a separate button on its side, dedicated to calling up a virtual assistant – Bixby, in Samsung’s case; Google Assistant, in LG’s. Another similarity between companies’ implementations of the feature, is that neither allows you to reprogram the dedicated assistant button to do something else.
When the Galaxy S8 and S8+ launched last year, users were quick to find a way to remap the Bixby button to perform other functions, but Samsung was prompt to step in and disable the option …

You know what's bad design? The Bixby button on the Galaxy S9/S9+

You know what inevitably happens when you get a great device, whatever it may be? Eventually, after the initial period of excitement has passed and you’ve settled with the device, you start noticing the small, annoying things. Things that make you go, “Wow, how could they make such a nice thing and do something stupid like that at the same time?” Such is the case with the Bixby button on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, in my experience.

Don’t get me wrong, the phones are good — some of the best on the market right now — and this irk that I have with the Bixby button is likely far from a deal-breaker …

Here is how to disable Bixby on the Galaxy S9

Bixby is Samsung’s take on a smart assistant has access to in-depth phone features and settings that other assistants do not have, but it still needs a lot of work in terms of voice recognition and knowledge. Those shortcomings become apparent when you try using Bixby alongside the fast, knowledgeable and overall excellent Google Assistant, the ubiquitous Alexa on Amazon Echo products and even Apple’s Siri.
Yet still, Samsung insists on having a dedicated Bixby button on the S9 series. It’s in the same spot as on the S8, the left side, below the volume buttons. And …

Samsung buys AI company Kngine, human-like Bixby 2.0 incoming?

Samsung has just made another step towards improving the next version of its virtual assistant – Bixby 2.0. The company has acquired Kngine – an Egyptian-based startup, fully dedicated to the idea of making an AI which learns and evolves just like a human does.

Kngine is developing a human-like artificial intelligence by allowing it to answer questions after learning from reading documents, books, manuals, searching the web, and more. The engine works in phases – first, it processes the question. Then it proceeds to break it down into sub-questions and forms an answering …

Samsung may use Bixby for voice-guided initial setup on the Galaxy S9/S9+

Samsung’s voice assistant, Bixby, had a rocky launch in 2017, but it was able to rebound, thanks to a handful of updates that expanded its functionality and capabilities. It may not the perfect AI assistant out there, but Samsung is still working toward fulfilling its initial vision. We even learned recently that the company intends Bixby to be one of the defining features of the Galaxy S9, along with the revamped camera.

What this entails exactly, we don’t know for sure at this point, though it’s a relatively safe bet that Bixby will have learned plenty …

Report: Bixby powered Samsung smart speaker to launch in the first half of next year

Amazon’s category creating Amazon Echo first was offered widely in the U.S. during the summer of 2015. Since then, the combination of a speaker and a virtual assistant has become such a big hit that almost every major consumer tech company has developed a smart speaker of its own. Google has Google Home featuring Google Assistant, and the Microsoft Invoke is equipped with Cortana. The Apple HomePod, now expected to launch early next year, carries Siri, and Sony’s smart speaker will come with Google Assistant.

Earlier this year, there was a rumor that Samsung was going to produce a smart …

Bye, Bixby: Update lets you disable the Bixby button on Samsung's Galaxies

Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 users have learned to live with the Bixby button by now, either loving the functionality or totally ignoring its existence. Samsung is notoriously still playing catch with all modders who develop remapping apps that allow you to hijack the hardware button and use it for other purposes, but recently, the South Korean giant has caved in a bit.
Thanks to a recent update, the Bixby button will no longer launch Bixby Home or wake up your device from sleep, if you have it setup this way from Bixby settings.
Wait, …

Samsung unveils Bixby 2.0 as it tries to catch up with the competition

The second generation of Samsung’s virtual personal assistant Bixby was announced today during the manufacturer’s developer conference in San Francisco. Bixby will now “act as the control hub of your device ecosystem,” meaning that like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, the smart appliances found inside your smart home can be controlled with the latest version of Bixby. 

To allow Bixby to be able to turn on and off items like a smart thermostat or a smart lamp, Samsung will release its new Bixby software development kit, making it available to developers starting today. The manufacturer …