Report: Samsung’s Virtual Assistant “Bixby” Will Feature Image and Text Recognition Capabilities

Report: Samsung’s Virtual Assistant “Bixby” Will Feature Image and Text Recognition Capabilities

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Samsung is reportedly all set to launch their next flagship devices, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, in March. If recent rumors are true, we may already know some of the key hardware specifications of the two devices. For instance, the Galaxy S8 is slated to feature a 5.7″ display while the Galaxy S8 Plus might boast a larger 6.2″ display. It is also believed that the Galaxy S8 may finally ditch the physical home button that is ubiquitous on Samsung Galaxy devices.

Apparently in an effort to counter Google Assistant, Samsung is expected to integrate its own AI-powered virtual assistant in the upcoming Galaxy S8 devices. Earlier, a trademark filed by Samsung in South Korea revealed that Samsung has presumably named its virtual assistant – or is at least internally calling it – “Bixby.” Samsung acquired Viv Labs and its AI technologies back in October last year, so it is not unexpected to see the South Korean giant make use of its technological acquisitions in their future smartphones.

A few weeks ago, it was reported that all native Samsung apps will be integrated with the Bixby virtual assistant and that Bixby will likely replace S Voice. Now, a new report from SamMobile states that Bixby will also offer visual search and optical character recognition features.

The report states that the main camera app in the Galaxy S8 will have a dedicated button for Bixby. Using the Bixby button, users will be able to analyze images, identify objects, and recognize text from the native camera app. The feature sounds similar to Google Goggles, an image search app from Google; though, Bixby will probably be much more capable than Google Goggles given its AI component. The report also notes that Bixby is still under development and that all rumored features might not be ready at the time of the official launch.

Source: SamMobile

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