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Samsung has confirmed its plans to deliver a new digital assistant for the Galaxy S8 in a press meeting at its Seoul headquarters. The software, which will be based on Samsung’s recently acquired Viv platform, is to be integrated into many of its upcoming smart products: from phones, to wearables, to home appliances.

Samsung purchased San Jose-based company Viv Labs last month, sparking rumors that its AI software would be featured in Samsung’s next flagship. The Viv platform makes use of a conversational interface and machine learning algorithms to assist users and simplify tasks, but what exactly it will offer the Galaxy S8 isn’t yet known.

“We are developing a key major interface which will bring about a totally new paradigm; an open AI platform,” said Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Electronics’ vice chairman. “The current Galaxy smartphones need separate applications for users, for instance, to order pizza or coffee. But, the new AI platform will enable them to order (or do) things directly without going through separate applications,” he added.

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March 29, 2017

The South Korean company also said it’s planning more acquisitions in the aid of improving its AI and software capabilities in the future.

The Galaxy S8 is expected to be unveiled at MWC 2017 in late February and it needs to deliver if Samsung is to recover some of the billions of dollars lost due to the Galaxy Note 7 cancellation. Other recent rumors regarding the Galaxy S8 include speculation of a 90% screen-to-body ratio and 5.5-inch 4K display.

Meanwhile, Google just released its own new digital assistant product, Google Home, last Friday. Look out for our first-impression of that later today.

Scott Adam Gordon
Scott Adam Gordon is a European correspondent for Android Authority. Originally from the UK, Scott has been tinkering with Android phones since 2011 and writing about them full-time since 2014. He now lives in Berlin with three roommates he never sees. Befriend him on Twitter and Google+ at the links.
  • Freak_ Aniket_

    Head to Head :: Samsung Vs Google Vs Apple.

    Google wins.

    • DocOct

      The ultimate winner will be the consumer as these companies push each other to develop better AI.

    • mark

      Apple have ai? (Voice input isn’t ai, and the voice searches are powered by Microsoft Bing anyway.)

    • Braxton Meyer

      nope Samsung wins

      • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        well you have to go with the proven one….samsung isnt proven. so really his remark is flawed. so is yours.

  • Liam Christie

    will this mean more bloat ware

    • DocOct

      Take a wild guess. Hint…we are talking about Samsung 😀

  • mark

    I’m still not convinced that typing/speaking commands is any better than using an interface. There’s a reason GUIs are used more than command line interfaces.

    I don’t need to use separate applications to order different things, there’s this revolutionary new platform that lets you do everything on a single “web”. Even if you must use applications for websites, the argument still isn’t true – there are single applications that will let you order a range of different kinds of takeaway, coffee and pizza included.

    AI should be about doing things better, or things we can’t currently do. E.g., Google Photos searching for particular images, or the way Google Now offers information without you having to request it.

    • Mike

      While I agree with the second part of your comment, it is useful to be able to do refuse interface stuff through voice in the event you need your hands free or you’re driving. It’s very convenient for driving especially. I would like to see it pushing into new uses though

  • Camilla Russo

    Already exists on other devices for few years now, nothing exciting.

    • Datalore1

      Not true. There’s will be the most annoying AI you’ve ever used. Suggesting things like watching giggling cats that drive race cars and date humans who are big bosses in the corporate world. Make sense? No? Welcome to Korea! 👍

  • 1213 1213

    I remember s voice, I disabled it straight after booting up my device for the first time.

    Oh, and if anyone from the AA team is listening, I don’t like the new interface for mobile. The stupid navigation bar doesn’t get off the screen in landscape, so I can’t see what I’m typing when the keyboard is up.

    • Heiro78

      up vote for issues with the new layout. i don’t like that we have to click show comments, their other pages, VRSOURCE and CHARGED.IO have had many issues with this not loading disqus until several refreshes later.

    • Ethan Campbell

      And I like the old form of navigation better, not the category version.

    • RiTCHiE

      Same, i have always hated S voice! But if this new thing only works in english then ill deisable it again when i get the s8

    • The Focus

      Yep. Very inconvenient for landscape use. Hope they could work it out before I get mad!

  • Kunal Narang

    Wohoo, Android Authority got a redesign, I guess they took my suggestion seriously! Lol.

  • chris

    if it’s like s-voice…

    • Marius Tomas

      it’s not. Viv creators are the ones who created Siri so you can imagine….

  • Andrew White

    Will Google’s other products work seamlessly with the S8, or will we need to look elsewhere?
    Hope the rumors on size, screen resolution, more ram etc., really reflect what should be next gen.

    • Heiro78

      what other products are you talking about specifically? google assistant? Allo? I highly doubt assistant will be available on the samsung device, atleast not without root.

      • Andrew White

        Talking about Google Home, VR headset and A.I. assistant
        Thought Nougat 7.1 could facilitate their use on the S8.
        Removable battery…
        Samsung should look at LG’s G5 battery tray, but make the coupling waterproof.

        • Heiro78

          i think google home will work with the S8, and hopefully daydream too, but i don’t think Google Assitant will. its unlikely that feature will be fleshed out to non-google devices.

  • Datalore1

    Wow. This should be amazing! One thing Samsung is known for its inviting awesome software that everyone loves so much.. Why just the other day i was bragging about how many disabled apps i used to have on my Samsung and wished i had more. Wish granted!

    • Beelze bob

      Oh common… S voice is so.. Um.. What’s the word. Sounds like snappy… Means crap like.

    • Baleur

      Good Lock is amazing. Fact

  • AndroidUser

    4K is just too much for people who don’t use VR often, they should make a separate phone called Galaxy S8 VR or something like that?

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

      I don’t want 4K either, but it’s possible Samsung will let you scale it down. I think the Note7 was supposed to let you scale down to 1080p and perhaps even 720p to save battery.

      • alan4195

        Much like the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium scaled up when viewing 4K photos or video. Scalable displays should be standard on smartphones by now, but companies would rather pander to the ignorant masses with worthless gimmickry (COUGH! edge displays COUGH!)

  • freshprince_87

    Nah…I’ll stick to the Google Assistant

    • Beelze bob

      Is that going to be only native to the pixel phones?

      • freshprince_87

        Yes for now

  • PromethianKnight

    *sigh* so just after Google Assistant became a thing….
    it’s like Samsung has an itch of making duplicate apps out of EVERYTHING….
    “Must….. make….. more….. BLOAT!!!!” xD

  • Debanjan Paul

    Android is Google. An android phone should have an android AI, not some shitty third party ai. I am not calling it shitty because of its limited capabilities, given that it might be much better than google AI. But integrating a different AI simply takes away the consistent google experience. No Google, no party.

  • alan4195

    Dear Companies,

    We don’t care how many jokes our phones can tell or how flirty they can be with us, WE DON’T WANT TO TALK TO THEM.

    The Mass Market

  • Todd Simmons

    What’s the point of a new digital assistant when Google already have Google Now and Allo? Samsung just wasted they time and energy on a new unnecessary assistant. Samsung just wasted their time and energy making another assistant.