More rumours about Samsung’s new AI assistant have surfaced. This time with clues about what Samsung intends for Bixby – as it is called – to do for the user. Information has revealed that the Viv powered AI will be available to all native apps, and that Samsung is redesigning the UI to accommodate these changes.
It’s no secret that Samsung has been working towards a more powerful AI assistant to replace S-Voice. It even bought over Siri creator Viv to achieve that goal.
Details about Bixby itself are still extremely sketchy. It turns out that the AI will be able to context based instructions, but it is unknown as to how capable it is. For now, SamMobile is saying that it will be able to interact with all native apps; although that is to be expected. Examples of what it will do are currently limited to photos and videos, like asking Bixby to show images that meet a certain criteria based on what is going on.
We almost expect Bixby to at least attempt to compete with Siri and Google Assistant, but it could be too early in development for this to actually happen. After all, Samsung only acquired Viv back in October. That being said, the company seems to be laying the groundwork for this to happen.
This groundwork also seems to include a redesigned UI for all native apps to make them look more similar. The status bar on the Galaxy S8 is also apparently being altered so that it is always displayed, reducing the need for users to swipe to access notifications.