Samsung announced the updated version of its digital assistant, Bixby 2.0 at company’s annual developer conference in San Francisco. The Bixby assistant was first made official by the Samsung in March to serve as a direct competition to Google Assistant, Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. Bixby, however, failed to live up to the hype due to its delayed launch and inability to support voice functionality. Samsung clearly knows that it’s virtual assistant has to be smarter in order to compete other virtual assistants.
In order to make it smart, Bixby 2.0 will be able to recognize different people, just like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant.
In 2018 the company will be releasing a software development kit for Bixby for third-party developers to work with.
Also, Samsung has opened a private beta for third-party app developers with Bixby SDK. Bixby 2.0 brings enhanced natural language capabilities with support for natural commands and complex processing.
It’s not clear when the upgraded Bixby will become available. Samsung said it will release a software development kit to select third-party developers in a private beta before making it available to any developer in 2018.
Samsung is integrating the technology from Viv Labs whose team previously worked on Siri into Bixby, which could help make it a better alternative to the Google Assistant.
The Company says Bixby now have 10 Million active Users. Let’s hope that it turns out to be a good virtual assistant that will help creating a better technical world.