If recent reports are anything to go by, we don't have very long to wait before the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 arrives. What we definitely know is that whenever the Note 9 arrives, it will also bring the second generation of Bixby along for the ride.
This news was confirmed by Gray G Lee, Samsung's head of AI Center, while speaking to The Korea Herald. He didn't go into any of the specifics in great detail, but he did confirm that this newer version of Bixby will come with improved natural language processing, improved noise resistance, and faster loading times. That means Samsung's maligned AI will better understand your regular speech (as opposed to strict commands), with lots of background noise, and without forcing you to wait too long while it thinks about things.
Of course none of that will matter if Bixby is still rubbish, or people don't want to use it. Amazon and Google already have a pretty solid head start on cornering the virtual assistant market, helped by their low-cost voice-controlled devices like the Echo Dot and Google Home Mini, plus the fact they're compatible with lots of different smart devices people can install in their homes. Bixby certainly has an uphill battle, perhaps more so than its similarly struggling competitors Siri and Cortana.
But Samsung is hoping to connect 14 million of its devices to Bixby before the end of the year, with the goal of connecting them all by 2020. It's also been rumoured to have a smart speaker of its own in the pipeline, currently expected in the second half of this year. Hopefully it'll have some sort of killer feature that'll make people want to buy it, or else it's probably doomed to failure. [Korea Herald via Ubergizmo]