Samsung appears to be working on making its upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8, a big success and win the hearts of the people after the huge setback it received from the debacle of the Galaxy Note 7. It has now emerged that the next-generations smartphone would come with an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant service and a dedicated button for it.
It is reported that dedicated button of the Siri-like virtual assistant could be seen on the side edge of the Galaxy S8 when it is released. People familiar to the matter told Reuters that the South Korean technology company is trying to woo the public with this new feature after the failure of the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung acquired Viv Labs Inc, a start-up founded by the creators of Apple's Siri, last month, sparking off speculation that the new company's technology could be used to build an AI digital assistant for the upcoming Galaxy S8. It is said that the AI could be integrated with the Smartphone before expanding to wearable devices and home appliances.
Samsung has confirmed that its upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8, would come with a digital assistant that would allow users to easily access third-party service.
"Developers can attach and upload services to our agent," said Samsung Executive Vice President Rhee Injong during a briefing, referring to its AI assistant, to Reuters.
AI has become a bone of contention of late with smartphone making companies trying to make good use of the feature to help consumers interact better.
It was reported that the Galaxy S8 would be unveiled on February 26, a day ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, like its predecessors but latest reports have suggested that the release date of the device could be pushed to April if the company intents to include AI service. However, it is not confirmed at the moment.
According to reports that have surfaced so far, the Galaxy S8 will come in two variants – one with a 5.1-inch curved Super AMOLED display and a 2K screen resolution, and the other with a 5.5-inch 4K panel (806 ppi pixel density). They are expected to share several other features like a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 or 10nm-based Exynos processor, a Mali-G71 GPU, a 12MP S5K2L2 sensor and a 13MP sensor made by Sony in the rear, and an 8MP front-snapper.
[With inputs from Reuters]