Hype around Samsung's development conference may have surrounded its folding phone, but it's Bixby who got a majority of the spotlight.
Samsung kicked off the headline for its annual developer confab with a long discussion about Bixby and some of the new opportunities coming to the digital assistant. The arrangement is intended to drum up software support for the company's large product portfolio, from smartphones to smart refrigerators.
Samsung is in competition with some of the world's top-tech companies to make people embrace their digital assistant. Amazon and Google have successfully received their assistants into the home through affordable smart speakers, which play important roles in our increasingly smarter homes.
DJ Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile division, adorned this era as "a time of connected living," when he talked about his vision of new technology like 5G, enabling trends like smart cities, smart homes and autonomous driving.
Here is everything that Samsung showed at his event.
- Bixby opens: Samsung has fought to get people interested in their digital assistant at a time when people are already familiar with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Eui-Suk Chung, chief of software and artificial intelligence, said the company and said the company plans to get the voice assistant in more devices. "Bixby is our commitment to AI," said Chung.
- Bixby goes globally: In the coming months, Bibxy will receive support for five more languages. The company will also launch a marketplace for the assistant.
- Bixby Developer Studio: Samsung introduced a tool kit that allows developers to more easily take advantage of the assistant on multiple devices – practical in terms of how many products Samsung makes. This means that it will be easier to develop "capsules" or skills available on the market.
- Bixby leads to smart TV: Samsung said it would release tools to help developers create apps that let you control the TV with your voice.
- SmartThings push: Jaeyeon Jung, chief of engineering, talked about joining more devices during his SmartThings division. She talked about the company's SmartThings button, which has been around for a while, and its ability to trigger programmable actions like light and temperature control.
- Galaxy Home Update: Samsung first revealed its smart speaker during the summer at the Galaxy Note 9 launch, but talked more about the device at the conference. Still up in the air is when the speaker actually starts.
More to come.
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Samsung'sHomePod Murderer, Next Phase of the Bixby Voice Assistant and Company : These are just some of what we expect to see from the Korean tech giant at its major event later today – Wednesday, November 7 – in San Francisco.
Samsung went all-out at the launch of Galaxy Note 9held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. But this San Francisco event will be more about software – think and conferences. We will definitely see a lot of talk about application programming interfaces and the like, as Samsung is trying to get more third-party developers to join their Bixby digital assistant and their Tizen smartwatch operating system. As you said, you're expecting more information on Galaxy Home smart speakers unveiled in Brooklyn, and maybe – just maybe – a look at the company's next foldable phone.
Watch live here: Wednesday November 7th
CNET will have a group of veteran Samsung viewers on stage to cover all the latest news behind dozens worldwide.
Event start time: 10 pm P.T, 1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. UK time today. It is 5:00 Sydney time on Thursday (see start time where you are)
Live Event Video: Samsung is streaming the event on YouTube and the flow begins at. 10.00 PT. Watch live, right above.
Full time schedule: The conference will run on 7 and 8 November with streamlined keynote addresses starting both days. Here is the complete travel plan.
What to Expect
Here is a summary of what Samsung is expected to discuss in San Francisco. Note that these can be jerked and not confirmed.
- : It's not a flip phone, but a folding one. Imagine a tablet you folded in half and stuck in your pocket, basically. Whether we see a complete disclosure or just enough details to get developers to start is somebody's guess. (We can also see … nothing at all.)
- : We know it looks like a kitty and it uses but … it is everything. How much does it cost and will it be here during the holidays? Expect Samsung to answer these questions – we hope.
- : Even against Amazon and Google – The Coke and Pepsi in the modern smart home world – Samsung's smart assistant has cut his work for it. But this kind of collection of developers is the perfect location for for the new year and swing for the fence.
What One Can not Expect
Do not Hold The Spirit For. The follow-up of S9 is not expected until 2019. Probably the code name "Beyond" is expected to be a more traditionally designed (non-collapsible) phone including a fingerprint reader on screen and 5G options. We do not expect anything at this week's development conference – February Mobile World Congress Show is more likely – but who knows it? Maybe Samsung will get rid of something.
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