Enhanced AI could have a big part to play in the Galaxy S8

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We’ve heard plenty of rumors on the Galaxy S8 already, but this one’s something we haven’t heard before. According to the folks over at The Wall Street Journal, Samsung’s next flagship will feature some sort of enhanced artificial intelligence by including a next-generation assistant.

Join us after the break for details.

Samsung plans to nail the Galaxy S8 by offering a “slick design and an improved camera, as well as an enhanced artificial-intelligence service.” This statement doesn’t just come from anyone, though. Lee Kyeong-tae, Samsung’s vice president for mobile communications told The Wall Street Journal that, so you know there’s enormous pressure to get this phone right.

Kyeong-tae didn’t go into details, but a slick design and an improved camera is something we see every year, so that isn’t much of a surprise; however, his comment on an enhanced artificial intelligence service certainly raises eyebrows.

We don’t know what purpose this enhanced AI will serve or even what it’s called, but Samsung likely plans on using technology built by a company called Viv, one of Samsung’s more recent acquisitions.

According to statements made about the acquisition, Samsung has big plans for Viv:

“Unlike other existing AI-based services, Viv has a sophisticated natural language understanding, machine learning capabilities and strategic partnerships that will enrich a broader service ecosystem,” said Injong Rhee, CTO of the Mobile Communications business at Samsung Electronics. “Viv was built with both consumers and developers in mind. This dual focus is also what attracted us to Viv as an ideal candidate to integrate with Samsung home appliances, wearables and more, as the paradigm of how we interact with technology shifts to intelligent interfaces and voice control.”

In other words, the Galaxy S8 will potentially be only the start of Samsung’s new AI assistant. We can expect to see it in many of Samsung’s products, whether that be home appliances or mobile devices.

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Once again, we don’t know all the details about this, but it’s almost going to be a Google Assistant competitor, according to Samsung’s acquisition announcement:

“With the rise of AI, consumers now desire an interaction with technology that is conversational, personalized and contextual—an experience that fits seamlessly within their everyday lives. To achieve this, Viv has developed a new and proprietary platform that allows this interaction to scale.”

The Galaxy S8 is shaping up to be an intriguing smartphone already, that’s for sure. Samsung is believed to officially unveil the smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, which takes place in late February.

source: The Wall Street Journal


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