Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby is built into its latest smartphones. Smartphones have dominated the last 10 years of computing, but we’re on the cusp of the next big platform: voice-activated virtual assistants , powered by artificial intelligence.

SwissCognitiveWhile the smartphone isn’t going away, you’ll soon be able to interact with many more devices thanks to assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. All the big technology companies – Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft – are building assistant platforms. But perhaps the most promising is Samsung, which just announced a new AI version of its Bixby assistant.

New and better Siri

Bixby 2.0 includes the integration of software called Viv. If you haven’t heard of Viv, it was created by the same people who developed Siri. After selling Siri to Apple in 2010, the founders eventually left Apple and started a new company: Viv Labs . Their goal was to create a better version of Siri, this time using advanced artificial intelligence. Viv Labs was acquired by Samsung last October, before it had even released a product. Now, a year later, Viv is finally seeing the light of day. And it won’t just be on smartphones. At a developer conference last month, Samsung chief product officer Gilles BianRosa announced that Bixby 2.0 will be integrated into its TVs next year. And that’s just the beginning.

Turning every device into a smart device

One advantage Samsung has over its competition is the variety of hardware it sells. As well as smartphones, tablets and TVs, Samsung is a leading brand for washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers and other household appliances. Expect all these to have Bixby added in the near future. Samsung is also looking beyond its own range of hardware. As part of its initial push for Bixby 2.0 next year, it’ll be releasing a special dongle that plugs into everyday devices. The dongle will contain a microphone and wi-fi connectivity, enabling it to turn a dumb device into a smart object. […]