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Bixby 2.0 coming to Galaxy Note 9, smart appliances

Bixby 2.0 coming to Galaxy Note 9, smart appliances

Every tech company is jumping on AI and machine learning these days and it's no surprise that Samsung is as well. And in typical Samsung fashion, it has decided to strike off on its own with its (acquired) SmartThings IoT platform and its own Bixby assistant. Unfazed by the lukewarm, almost negative, reception of the latter, Samsung is forging ahead with an improved Bixby experience, Bixby 2.0, coming soon to a Samsung flagship and Samsung smart home appliance near you.

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Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri, Bixby, Cortana feature showdown

Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri, Bixby, Cortana feature showdown

We are well in the age of AI. No not the genocidal kind of dystopian science fiction. Fortunately, the AI we have today isn’t yet that smart, though they’re smart enough to be on our smartphones. From Google to Amazon to even Huawei, AI-powered smart assistants are more and more becoming a bullet point in phone spec sheets and marketing materials. But how smart are they really, especially in competition with each other? We take a look at some of the features available, or absent, from smart assistants to find out.

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Huawei HiAssistant to square off with Alexa, Google Assistant, Bixby

Huawei HiAssistant to square off with Alexa, Google Assistant, Bixby

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and since Huawei hasn’t been killed by a recent failure in the US market, it might be coming back stronger and bolder than ever before. Huawei has been tipped to be embarking on its most ambitious venture yet, not with a new device but with a new service. Simply called HiAssistant, the AI-powered voice-controlled smart assistant might be coming to offer the features that Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby, and Apple Siri have but in ways that those have not been able to do in China.

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Note 9 could debut Bixby 2.0 – and rival AIs should worry

Note 9 could debut Bixby 2.0 – and rival AIs should worry

The Galaxy Note 9 won't just bring us Samsung's latest stylus technology but likely debut Bixby 2.0 too, the latest version of the company's AI rival to Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant. Although hardly met with a glowing reception when it first launched on the Galaxy S8 last year, Bixby has shown no signs of disappearing. Indeed, the new Galaxy S9 launched only this week has a dedicated button to summon the assistant.

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Samsung Bixby Speaker “premium” launch pushed to late 2018

Samsung Bixby Speaker “premium” launch pushed to late 2018

All eyes may be on the Galaxy S9 this week, but Samsung is still busy beavering away on its Bixby smart speaker, though it seems we'll have longer to wait than expected. The company has long been believed to be working on a standalone way to bring Bixby into the home, following in the path of Amazon's Echo, Google's Home, and most recently Apple's HomePod.

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Samsung Bixby coming to TVs, washing machines, appliances

Samsung Bixby coming to TVs, washing machines, appliances

Samsung is never one to make a U-turn on something new product or feature it has put out, no matter how useless or derided it may have become. It took years for it to finally sunset S Voice, for example, or slim down and rename TouchWiz. Of course, persistence may also pay off in giving something new and imperfect a chance to grow and potentially become better. Samsung is taking that chance with its AI assistant Bixby, which it will be pushing to anyone who buys a Smart TV or smart washing from the company this year.

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Samsung Bixby’s former head is now at Google

Samsung Bixby’s former head is now at Google

In just a few weeks, Samsung will be revealing the Galaxy S9. Alongside it, of course, will be Bixby. Samsung has been trying, with very little success, to push its own homebrew AI platform and personal assistant. It will, however, be taking on Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri without a critical member of its team: its Chief Technology Officer. Lee In-jong, who left Samsung's mobile division last December, is reportedly now working at Google on, among other things, the very market segment Samsung wants Bixby to be in.

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Bixby Vision real-time text translation tipped with Google Translate

Bixby Vision real-time text translation tipped with Google Translate

Samsung's Bixby AI will be getting some new capabilities in the future, and rumor has it that real-time translates are among them. The assistant already offers translations of written text via Bixby Vision, but Samsung is gearing up to add real-time translation, sources claim. The AI may soon also be equipped with better recognition of landmarks and other notable destinations.

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Bixby calorie counting feature could make the AI worth using

Bixby calorie counting feature could make the AI worth using

It's no secret that many Galaxy owners are less than fond of Samsung's personal assistant, Bixby. The company included a physical button on its most recent flagship phones for summoning Bixby, but that backfired. Complaints prompted the company to finally add a way to fully disable the service, but users may find a use for it after all: the company is teaching its AI to count the calories in food.

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Samsung Family Hub smart refrigerator now comes with Bixby

Samsung Family Hub smart refrigerator now comes with Bixby

Samsung wants to make everything smart and, in doing so, pull everyone into its ecosystem. From smartphones to smart TVs to smart refrigerators, Samsung is putting the Internet and, now, even artificial intelligence into previously “dumb” home appliances. At CES 2018, Samsung is showing off the next gen Family Hub that will now integrate one of Samsung’s most controversial new feature: the Bixby smart personal assistant. Fortunately, that’s not the only thing going for the smart refrigerator.

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Samsung Bixby smart speaker winds up for 2018 debut

Samsung Bixby smart speaker winds up for 2018 debut

2017 could very well be considered the year of the smart speaker. Though Google Home launched at the tail end of 2016, Google introduced two new models this year: the Google Home Mini and Home Max. Apple revealed its Siri-powered HomePod for an early 2018 launch, while Amazon let its new Echo Show out of the gate and released a new version of the standard Echo. Surely we can't expect Samsung to sit on the sidelines and just watch all of this happen, right?

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The Galaxy S9 must fix these three big S8 flaws

The Galaxy S9 must fix these three big S8 flaws

2017 had a bumper crop of smartphones, but the mobile world refuses to slow, and all eyes are on the Samsung Galaxy S9 in 2018. The company's flagship consumer phone - since, it would likely argue, the Galaxy Note 8 and its eventual successor are targeted at prosumers - has big shoes to fill, coming on the heels of the generally well-received Galaxy S8. Still, that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.

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