By: Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 17:05
Bixby (for male) and Kestra (for female) is rumoured to be Samsung's own AI-enabled digital voice assistant which will compete neck to neck with Google Assistant and Siri.
As we are heading towards the launch of the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8, rumours mills are working non-stop to give us a hint about the upcoming device. If a recent leaks are to be believed, the Galaxy S8 will be the first device in the Galaxy S series to come with a stylus pen.
Until now, the S Pen stylus has been the trademark of the Galaxy Note series, but this could change soon as a report from Weibo user reveals that the next year flagship could come with an external S Pen as an accessory. This is in line with previous rumours that stated that Samsung is planning to come up with a 'Galaxy S8 Plus' variant with a 6-inch display, which makes it a perfect companion for the S Pen. However, it is highly unlikely that the pen will be integrated into the body of Galaxy S8, the report further adds. Nevertheless, this might be the first indication towards Samsung's plans to dump the famous Galaxy Note series .
Meanwhile, there are also reports suggesting that Samsung will use its new virtual assistant known as Bixby in most of its native applications which comes pre-installed on the device. Bixby (for male) and Kestra (for female) is rumoured to be Samsung's own AI-enabled digital voice assistant which will compete neck to neck with Google Assistant and Siri. According to a report by Sammobile, the AI assistant will be much more advanced than its current S Voice virtual assistant. Quoting an example, one can ask Bixby to filter out and show specific pictures or videos while he/she navigates through the Gallery app. Further, similar to Google Assistant or Apple's Siri, Bixby will pop up contextual answers as well
The company is reported to do some changes on the software front as well. One of them will be make the status bar always visible making the Quick Settings Toggles and Notifications just a swipe away instead of swipinf twice when you are inside a full-screen app.
Other rumours suggest that the Plus variant of the Samsung Galaxy S8 will come with a whopping 8GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, optical fingerprint sensor embedded in the display, a 90 per cent body-to-screen ratio, Bluetooth 5.0 and a UFS 2.1 flash storage chip. Other than this, it is also reported that Samsung might ditch the traditional audio jack for a new USB Type-C port instead.
Note: The image is of Samsung Galaxy Note 7