Samsung Introduces Bixby 2.0; Opens Up To Third Party Development

Angelica Greene
October 20, 2017

The new version is said to be able to predict the needs of a user regardless of whatever Samsung device he might be using, and will be able to process "natural languages" more competently. With the SmartThings Cloud, developers can build connected solutions across all SmartThings compatible products, and provide interoperability between IoT solutions, Samsung explained.

Now, after enduring that rollercoaster ride, Samsung has chose to present Bixby 2.0 to the world.

Bixby will extend to a plethora of home devices; from phones to TVs, and speakers to fridges. However, the SDK will be made available to all developers ultimately.

As per the company, Bixby 2.0 is a bold reinvention of the platform and has been exclusively aimed at transforming basic digital assistants from a novelty to an intelligence tool that is a key part of everyone's daily life.

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"Bixby 2.0 is a powerful intelligent assistant platform that will bring a connected experience that is ubiquitous, personal, and open". However, Samsung did promise its natural language capabilities will improve, and that may be thanks to the fact that Bixby 2.0 is born out of Samsung's acquisition of Viv, a company started by the creators of Siri.

"The newly united SmartThings will be an open ecosystem, ready to work with not only Samsung devices, but a wide range of connected devices". The same Voice Assistant will be available for non-Samsung devices as well as the company is in talks with other Smartphone manufacturers. It will also give rise to a dedicated developer kit that Samsung could then send via the beta program to interested partners, who could then think up new ways for Bixby to offer assistance on various compatible devices. The promise here is that you can turn previously dumb devices into smart ones with a dongle or chip.

We want to hear more about what Bixby 2.0 does differently, but Samsung isn't sharing much yet.

Samsung's selling point with Bixby is that it's contextually aware and can understand partial commands based on the context of what you're doing. When it came out with the Samsung Galaxy S8 in the U.S. back in April, the assistant did not come with voice recognition.

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