The S8 will have a dedicated Bixby button on its side to make it easier to access the assistant.
It will have three key features to sort itself out from the herd. The first is that a Bixby-enabled app will allow the assistant to perform every task that the app normally supports using touch.
It will also have context awareness, which means that when Bixby is activated, it’ll can understand the current context and the state of the app that you’re in without interrupting the work that you’re doing.
Samsung says that Bixby is smart enough to understand commands with incomplete commands, meaning that you do not have to remember the exact phrase that you have to say to perform a task with an assistant. Bixby will ask you for more information when performing a task and then execute it.
Several apps on the Galaxy S8 will be Bixby-enabled at launch, and Samsung plans to add more over time. The company will release an SDK so that third-party app developers can add Bixby support.
Samsung said that the assistant will first appear on Samsung smartphones and then expand to all Samsung appliances.
“Since Bixby will be implemented in the cloud, if a device has an internet connection and simple circuitry to receive voice inputs, it can connect with Bixby,” the company said.