Samsung Introduces Siri Rival 'Bixby' Ahead of Galaxy S8

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung today officially announced Bixby, a new intelligent interface for its devices, starting with the upcoming Galaxy S8.

    Galaxy S8 renders leaked by Evan Blass

    Samsung said Bixby will be "fundamentally different" than virtual assistants like Siri and Cortana in that it will be deeply integrated within apps. The interface will be able to support almost every task that an app is capable of performing using conventional touch commands, rather than just a few selected tasks.
    Samsung added that Bixby will be intelligent enough to understand commands with incomplete information and execute the commanded task to the best of its knowledge, and the interface will then prompt users to provide more information and "take the execution of the task in piecemeal."

    Samsung said Bixby, at its core, is about removing friction. The interface will have a dedicated button on the left side of the Galaxy S8, and its supposed completeness, contextual awareness, and cognitive tolerance is designed to make using the smartphone more seamless and intuitive.

    Dr. Injong Rhee, Samsung's head of research and development for software and services, speaking with The Verge:
    Bixby will initially be limited to ten preinstalled apps on the Galaxy S8. The intelligent interface will gradually expand to Samsung's other smartphones, and even its other products like TVs, wearables, and air conditioners, while Samsung plans to open up Bixby to third-party apps in the future.

    Article Link: Samsung Introduces Siri Rival 'Bixby' Ahead of Galaxy S8
  2. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  3. hlevolve macrumors member


    Aug 19, 2014
    Apple needs to move this direction with Siri... and quickly...
  4. atxknepp macrumors newbie


    Sep 9, 2016
    All that I can think of is James Franco from The Interview talking about his dead dog Digby and the North Koreans being unamused.
  5. Nozuka macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2012
    Not sure how many developers will actually invest time in a samsung-only solution... something like this needs to be on every android device to get widespread support.
  6. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    I can't think of a single activation keyphrase involving that name that doesn't sound a little ridiculous. Maybe they were going for "stuffy butler" vibes with that name.
  7. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    Oh my, 'Bixby' sounds about as charismatic as the MS Office 'Clippy' assistant....

  8. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
  9. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom


    "Don't take too long."
    "I never do."
  10. Relentless Power, Mar 20, 2017
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    Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I was thinking more Bill Bixby from the Hulk in the late 70's.

    Anyways, I'm curious to see what Bixby has to offer and the differences over Siri. More so, what can developers do with Bixby, being it's Proprietary for Samsung and not Android as a whole unit.
  11. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    My thoughts exactly. It's really disappointing that Siri has been on iPhones since the 4s and it's still worse off than the other virtual assistants now out there.
  12. skinned66, Mar 20, 2017
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    skinned66 macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
  13. TheralSadurns macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2010
    DAMN IT... I cam here to post the exact same image...
    alas... at least someone had the exact same idea... that's the important thing!
  14. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    What direction is that?
    • A dedicated button? (disagree)
    • Contextual-awareness within apps? (big time agree!)
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    Give some example of how it's "worse" and then we can talk.
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    You're not in the target demographic then? The name was chosen by vote. I agree, "adults" are going to sound silly saying that name in public. :p
  15. michaelant macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2006
  16. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    That's what has my curiosity piqued. I want to see how much leeway Samsung gave the team from Viv. From Samsungs "marketing driven" description (grain of salt and all that) it sounds like the Viv team got to stretch their legs a bit.
  17. miniroll32 macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2010
    Man, I thought Siri and Cortana sounded bad...
  18. Jeremy1026, Mar 20, 2017
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    Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    Honestly, Samsung only solution is about as far reaching as an iOS only solution.

    Edit: Its actually 2x as effective as an iOS solution, per market share estimates.
  19. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    Tim Cook should have bought this company the second they announced "SIRI 2.0" now apple is scrambling to catch up
  20. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    Not a bad USP but I've got to wonder how many developers will use the API. It could change, but so far Samsung haven't managed to even fill their App Store with enough apps to feel confident about ditching Google Play.

    Also, Bixby is a terrible name, but I suppose we'll get used to it.
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    No they're not. We have no idea what they are working on for Siri, and what they're going to announce at WWDC, or roll out over the next few years.
  21. HJM.NL macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2016
    Siri can now set timers in 12 different languages :rolleyes:
  22. jinnj macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2011
    Know why that number is worthless? How many Samsung devices will get Bixby? Remember they make A LOT of ****** phones as well. Also how many carriers will allow the old phone to get the update.
  23. conceptvbs123 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2015
    The big news isnt about it being on the phone.

    The big new is its potential to be on all of Samsung's devices. Also, they are opening it up to third party developers.

    The other big news about this is the Viv technology: the auto-programming AI that creates its own flowcharts and algorithms. You dont have to teach it all the commands or scenarios. It will figure out what you are trying to do before you realize it yourself. All of this technology applied to all of their products They will also roll this tech out into cars (Harmon/Kardon acquisition). I dont think Apple has anything to compete with them in terms of product diversity and scope. They need to start partnering up or they will be left behind.
  24. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2015
    Long Beach, California
  25. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    It is a McRumors members trend around here ti whine about everything. I have learned it to ignore it.
    I have seen a lot of Siri versus Googles assistant, versus Cortana versus what not side by side comparison out there. The differences are really minimal. All of them do have their own pros and cons. I really can't tell one is better then the other. But hey, like I said it is a trend around here.

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