Samsung is planning to introduce the second edition of its AI powered digital voice assistant Bixby next year. Dubbed as Bixby 2.0, the assistant will reportedly work on multiple devices including televisions and refrigerators, according to a top company official.
Samsung Electronics VP, Mobile Communications Business, Ji Soo Yi told reporters in Seoul,
“We would introduce Bixby 2.0 in 2018… it would be designed to be available on any and all devices… this means having the intelligence of Bixby act as the control hub of device ecosystem, including mobile phones, TVs, refrigerators.”
Moreover, Bixby 2.0 will support more languages this time and interestingly Hindi could be the one among first languages to be integrated in it. The company will also invite local linguistic experts to develop the local language command in the second phase.
“We are getting it ready to work with more languages, Hindi could probably be among the first five languages the company will have first,”, Mr. Yi further added.
With the launch of new version of Bixby virtual assistant, South Korean tech giant will compete against other tech companies like Google and Amazon that have their own smart home devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo series.
Samsung had introduced the Bixby assistant in its homeland South Korea initially back in March this year. Later in the May it was available globally on its flagship smartphones including Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8. The company also launched Bixby in India last month.
However, Yi did not reveal the month of the planned launch of the new version of the AI powered voice assistant. Further on asking about whether the company would extend Bixby to other Samsung phones, Yi said, “Yes, we would.” However, he did not share the name of the models which will get Bixby assistant support.