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5 new features of Bixby 2.0 that you should know

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: