A few days after the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 + were revealed, the company's mobile boss, DJ Koh, announced that will throw an updated version of the company's digital assistant, Bixby 2.0, for devices in the second half of 2018 . Bixby 2.0 first appeared in October last year at the company's developer conference in San Francisco. The company had announced that the second generation version of Bixby will be oriented to smart home devices, but did not disclose any specific details about it.
Samsung began taking applications for the public beta version in December last year and since then, more than 800 companies have come forward and are currently testing the updated voice assistant. The company has also revealed additional information about the update. Here are 5 new features of Bixby 2.0 that you should know:
5 new features of Bixby 2.0 that you should know
1. Designed for IoT devices
With Bixby 2.0, Samsung plans to compete with Amazon's Alexa and Amazon Home connecting all IoT devices through a single digital assistant . Once the functionality is in place, a number of devices, both from Samsung and other manufacturers, will be compatible with the voice assistant. This allows users to give voice commands to potentially all electronic devices in their home using Bixby 2.0. During its official announcement, Samsung revealed:
We see a world where the digital assistant plays a more important role, an intelligent role, where one gives everything, from our phones to our refrigerator and our sprinkler system, will have some kind of intelligence to help us interact seamlessly with all the technology that we use every day. "
In the recent announcement, Koh also said: "Bixby not be tied to a specific device. The ultimate goal is to make it ubiquitous.
2. Open platform for third-party developers.
Bixby 2.0 will be built in a Open platform that allows external developers to use the SDK . This will bring a wave of new Bixby smart appliances from other manufacturers. In addition, service providers may add their services to Bixby, which will extend their reach to a greater number of devices. Once implemented, the function helps developers write only a code snippet for Bixby, instead of reinventing their services for each specific device.
Samsung's official blog on the subject says:
"With Bixby 2.0, the doors will be open for developers to choose and model how users interact with Bixby in their services in all application domains, for example, sports, food, entertainment or travel. The opportunities are truly endless."
3. Integration for Android and Tizen devices.
During the initial announcement, Ji Soo Yi, Vice President of Mobile Communications at Samsung, told reporters that Bixby 2.0 will have a command structure of "a job on a platform" . The updated command structure allow Samsung use Bixby on different operating systems like Android and Samsung Tizen . This allows Samsung to include its lightweight Tizen operating system in low-end devices and yet offer full Bixby functionality across the board.
Samsung's editorial on the subject says:
Bixby 2.0 be ubiquitous, available on each and every device. This means that Bixby's intelligence, powered by the cloud, acts as the control center for your device's ecosystem, including mobile phones, televisions, refrigerators, home speakers or any other connected technology you can imagine. "
4. Increased language support and improved voice recognition
Bixby 2.0 is expected to offer a best natural language recognition along with support for more regional languages. With the additional functionality, Bixby can differentiate people, just like Google Assistant, and provide contextual responses . The updated wizard also has enhanced natural language capabilities that will allow you to process complex commands. Samsung claims that Bixby 2.0, "You can really know and understand not only who you are, but also who your family members are, and adapt your response and actions appropriately."
Also, earlier this year, it was revealed that users may not need to say the activation phrase "Hey Bixby" before each command. The updated digital assistant will be able to understand contextual queries after the first time the activation phrase is used, allowing for a more natural conversation between the user and Bixby.
5. Project environment.
While all the features mentioned above will be included on the software side, Project Ambience is a new hardware development which focuses on bringing Bixby 2.0 to compatible devices. The company has not revealed much information about the matter, but according to the original announcement, Project Ambience use a small chip or dongle that bring Bixby functionality to several different products .
We believe that Project Ambience is an absolute game change in the world of digital assistants, allowing users to convert their normal devices into smart home devices that can be controlled by voice commands. Project Ambience is expected to significantly embrace the domestic ecosystem powered by Bixby, as eliminate the need to buy expensive smart appliances . If everything goes according to plan, Samsung Bixby 2.0 together with Project Ambience will present a tough competition against other digital assistant ecosystems that require dedicated hardware to function.
With which feature of Bixby 2.0 are you most excited?
When it was first launched in May of last year, Samsung's digital assistant, Bixby, only admits comments in the Korean language and, to be honest, had many mistakes. Although the digital assistant received many critics from the technology community in general, Samsung has not given up on the platform and has improved significantly over time. We even threw Bixby against Google Assistant and Siri in a series of different tests and, although he was not the best digital assistant of all, he had a unique set of features that were absent in the other two.
Since its launch, Bixby has evolved quite a bit, with Samsung improving implementation and adding new features in incremental updates. If everything goes according to plan, Bixby 2.0 could be a game changer in the digital assistant space and allow Samsung to create an IoT ecosystem without parallel.
What do you think about the changes that come in Bixby 2.0? Can Samsung's voice assistant match the functionality offered by Google Assistant? Let us know in the comments section.