It’s not a big stretch to see that Bixby has still a long way to go. Especially where Samsung aims it to. It was already quite evident on launch as Samsung faltered and Bixby got delayed by months. Don’t get me wrong, Bixby has it’s own niche of expertise where it excels. That is in device control. Apart from that, it comes with other quirks as well that need a lot of polishing. Well, it seems Samsung is ready to do that on October 18, if a report is to be believed.
The Korea Herald reports, that Bixby 2.0 is not far and Samsung would reveal the improved Bixby at San Francisco Developer Conference next week. There isn’t much to talk about what constitutes the update. However, the Korean publication mentioned that integration with third-party hardware is coming. Samsung has long been eyeing the IOT market and this development definitely makes sense. Although, we think this will not be the only major feature.
The report comes at a time when Samsung recruited Chung Eui-suk as Head Service Intelligence in S. Korea. Eui-suk will be charged to oversee Bixby and AI development. Also, Samsung’s Mobile chief Koh Dong-jin himself has spoken of the inadequacies of their AI. “We will supplement the incomplete parts of Bixby 1.0 at Bixby 2.0,” he said, at the Galaxy Note8 launch in S. Korea.
Samsung envisions Bixby at the centre of an ecosystem of smart devices which will be controlled by voice and not just smartphones. It is definitely a work in progress and the upcoming update 2.0 will decide where Samsung is heading with regards to its AI assistant aspirations.