- Nearly 85 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 devices have been replaced through the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program.r
- Now, the company wants consumers to focus on it’s next big thing: the Galaxy S8 complete with an AI assistant.
The Samsung Note 7 wasn’t exactly a success – it’s even been banned from airplanes. This new announcement from the company, though, could wipe all of those explosions from memory.
Samsung has announced new details of its upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, including the fact that it will have its own AI assistant. According to The Wall Street Journal, the latest prototypes of the Galaxy S8 “include a button on the side edge of the smartphone that would be used to launch a beefed-up virtual assistant based on artificial intelligence.”
This assistant sounds anything but basic. In fact, Samsung recently acquired Viv, which was founded by the same guys behind Siri. Aside from the usual AI platform duties, Viv will have seamless integration with third-party apps. “Developers can attach and upload services to our agent,” says a Samsung Executive VP to Reuters.
But those third party apps will not just be a boon to users. The more services attached to Viv, the smarter it gets, and the better it will be at delivering those services to users. Also, previous demonstrations of Viv have shown it’s ability to develop its own programming, writing its own software in response to users needs.
Viv and the S8 are already facing stiff competition from other device makers – such as Apple which already has Siri, and Google just recently unveiled its Pixel smartphones, outfitted with Google Assistant.
Now we just have to wait for Samsung to announce a release date to see who will come out on top.