I recently bought three Google Home Minis =- two for me, and one for my lovely parents.
I'm looking at a fridge that can answer the door, a rangehood that can adjust its fan with the boiling pot on the stove, a coffee table that can turn on the TV, a washing machine that knows what cycle my sweaty gym gear needs and in the corner of the room - a vase that can pickup my Spotify playlist where it left off in my car.
Samsung made a promise to have all of its products Internet of Things ready by 2020. But a simple connected home won't do, it seems. It has to be intelligent. And it has to be accessible - everywhere.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Yesterday, a report from Bloomberg came out saying that Samsung will launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the first half of 2018. This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone since DJ Koh already told CNBC back in August that the company was indeed trying to put its digital assistant, which first debuted on the Galaxy S8, into a smart speaker.
Even with all the screen issues, weird buzzing noises, and unbalanced speaker performance on Google's Pixel 2, there's an even bigger issue that's been bugging me. The problem isn't restricted to just that single device -- and in fact, it actually crept up about six months ago when Samsung released the Galaxy S8.
Heard about the new Samsung Galaxy Note8? Just wanna know when you can buy one and when you can get a hold of it? Here's everything you need to know.
It's been a year since Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note7 worldwide, and the company is hoping to finally put that misstep to bed -- with the best smartphone it's ever made.
Enter the Note8, with a mix of old and new: a massive 6.3-inch Infinity Display, a brand new dual-lens camera with wide-angle and telephoto sensors, and that inimitable S-Pen stylus supercharged with brand new software.
A solid five months after Samsung announced it, the Bixby voice assistant is finally available in Australia.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the prettiest phones you can buy right now, but it's launching as a somewhat incomplete product. Bixby, the phone's new digital assistant, doesn't yet have one if its key features -- voice recognition. This shortcoming wouldn't be so obvious if only Samsung hadn't included a new button on the side of the phone meant to launch Bixby. Thanks to some creative geekery, however, the seemingly useless button now has a purpose.
Samsung's Galaxy S8 is very important because, as you probably know, Samsung is in a bit of trouble. The Note7 explosions from last winter continue to haunt the company, and Samsung's leadership is currently embroiled in a scandal that is, to put it gently, totally bananas. The company needs a big win lest it be consigned to the punchline of late night talkshow hosts. So let's stop talking about how bad the last six months have been for Samsung, and let's start talking about Samsung's new phone, which is available for pre-order today, and goes on sale April 28. It will retail for $1199, while the larger S8 Plus will retail for $1349.
Bixby is Samsung's voice agent: an AI, or assistant, or bot, or whatever you want to call it, that the company wants to work alongside touch input on your smartphone and be every bit as seamless as typing already is. It has big aspirations for its virtual assistant, and its debut on the Galaxy S8 is only the start.
The brand new Samsung Galaxy S8, just introduced to the world at Unpacked in New York, is Samsung's best phone ever. It's the most powerful, with an innovative screen and a design that's incredibly refined. It has Bixby, a voice agent that wants to be just as useful and integral to your phone as touch already is. It has a new motion-sensitive Gear VR headset and works with a new high-resolution Gear 360 camera.
At the same time, there's no one standout feature or gimmick with the new phone from the world's largest phone maker that makes you go wow -- after travelling the rocky road paved by the Galaxy Note7, Samsung is concentrating on getting the basics right with the S8 and larger S8+.
As we hurtle towards the imminent launch of Samsung's not-really-very-secret-any-more Galaxy S8 at full speed, we're already learning more and more about one of the phone's most important features: Bixby, a new voice-controlled assistant that will replicate just about any command you could tap in with your fingers.