Samsung Electronics said Thursday it will use the New Bixby artificial intelligence platform in smartphones that have been released before its Galaxy Note 9 flagship smartphone.
The South Korean tech giant, which launched New Bixby in August alongside its latest high-end smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9, said the application will be provided to users with older devices, including the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, by the end of the month. The update will be intstalled when a phone updates to the Android 9.0 operating system.
With the move, Samsung is trying to increase the number of Bixby users. The company recently launched test runs of New Bixby in German, French, British English, Italian and Spanish.
Samsung claims that, compared to the original version, New Bixby is better in terms of understanding context and connecting to third-party applications.
The company plans to expand the system's ecosystem by opening up the software developers' kit and inducing more developers to release "capsules," a term the company uses to describe services available on New Bixby. The tech giant plans to kick off its Bixby Marketplace next year.
Seperately, LG said Thursday it will introduce home appliances equipped with the new ThinQ AI assistant at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from Jan. 8 to 11.
Since LG introduced the ThinQ AI platform in December 2017, it has applied its voice assistant to its home appliances such as smartphones, air conditioners, washers, TVs and robot vacuum cleaners.
LG said that the new version of ThinQ will offer smarter user experiences to its customers. While the previous version played a role to conduct functions ordered by users, the new version has become more active as products equipped with the new ThinQ tells its users when to replace parts like filters in air purifiers to help maintain the best quality.
For consumers who don't want to read manuals to learn about the new features of LG's home appliances, the new ThinQ also instructs users how to operate the home appliances by voice or text messages. When problems occur, the voice assistant tells customers how to fix the issues via text messages or voice.