Last year Samsung boosted its Research and Development investment in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to bring it forward as company's next business standard and to harness the power of this technology by combining it with its AI assistant 'Bixby'.
During the Bixby Developer Day 2018, Samsung Executive Vice President and head of Software & Artificial Intelligence, Eui-Suk Chung, who leads the project, reiterated that “By 2020, all Samsung devices will support Bixby.”
The executive also said that the company also plans to expand the Bixby ecosystem to access more devices and through its huge device ecosystem.
At CES 2019, Samsung themed its press conference for AI and IoT gadget releases and actually expanded its Bixby platform to support for more devices.
These devices include 2019 QLED and premium TVs, and smart appliances like Family Hub refrigerators, Washers, as well as Air Conditioners, AI Speakers, and other including - Automotive, Robotics Platform and more to come later.
All of these implementations undoubtedly proves that Samsung is working on its artificial intelligence platform and making a straight way to complete its promise to bring Bixby in all Samsung devices by 2020.
Back in November 2018, Samsung expanded the support for third-party Bixby developers by opening its SDK to the public and brought new development tool along with an announcement for five new languages for the supported devices.
At Bixby developer conference 2018, Samsung executive said the company is working on a new version of Bixby that’ll bring more features and services, which will be installed on the upcoming foldable phone and Flagship phones.
It's clear that Samsung's investment in the field of AI is paying off and the company said to continue to do so in the future, as it's planned to appoint 1000 AI specialists by 2020.
If we look back in the archive, Samsung currently has Seven AI R&D centers all around the world including South Korea, Britain, and Russia, two in the United States and two in Canada. The company is planning to expand its R&D environment even further.
The AI center in Montreal includes 10 AI specialist researchers, centered to dive deeper and explore further into AI technologies. Which can be applied in smartphones and TVs.
Bixby was first introduced alongside with launch of Galaxy S8 flagship in 2017 with a featured button for the AI assistant, later on, it was expanded to its other flagship devices and now Samsung is installing it in every possible device it possibly can.
Although it is a significant progress but Bixby still have a long road to travel in order to compete with top AI players including Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa but it seems like Samsung is in a good direction and will come with good results in the near future.