Samsung has confirmed that its forthcoming Galaxy S8 and 8+ smartphones will feature a dedicated button for its new voice assistant, Bixby.
The mobile-maker revealed its plans for Bixby via a statement from In Jong Rhee, its executive vice president of R&D, software and services.
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Explaining that Bixby would offer a 'frictionless' experience compared with rival services such as Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant, Rhee said: “[An] example of removing friction will be the dedicated Bixby button that will be located on the side of our next device.”
Rhee added that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will come with a number of Bixby–enabled apps pre-installed.
Each of these will be capable of handling voice requests just like they do touch commands.
Rhee said that one of the issues which has held back existing voice assistants is the fact that compatible apps can only handle a fraction of the tasks done when using traditional touch methods.
Unfortunately, developers won’t be able to lay their hands on Bixby’s code right away, meaning it will be confined to apps on the Galaxy S8 at launch.
The Galaxy S8 is set to be unveiled at a special event on 29th March in New York.
It’s said to feature an improved AMOLED screen and a new, all-screen design that dispenses with a traditional, physical home button.