What's going on Brian Tong here with Googlicous for everything Google you can think of.
The official Galaxy S8 announcement is just a week away about Samsung is already dropping some knowledge on us about Bixby AI assistant that will be their flagship software feature on the new S8.
Now, in an official press release Samsung describes how Bixby is different than any other voice assistance in three areas.
The first one is called completeness.
Where Samsung says a Bixby enabled app will be able to support almost every task the app is capable of.
Now other platforms might support some tasks.
But Bixby will be complete.
So you won't be unsure what things they can't or can't do.
Now the second context awareness.
Makes people understand the current context and state of the application to help carry out the work in progress.
It could be something along the lines of an even better version of Google Now's on Tap feature for the Galaxy S8.
And the third is what they call cognitive tolerance.
Where Bixby will be able to understand commands with incomplete information and executed or asked for follow up information.
See there's plenty of times where half way am I forget exactly what I'm saying so it'll be interesting to see how this works with Bixby in real world use Now Bixby is the result of Samsung's acquisition of Viv, the original Siri team, that took their AI to a whole new level with Viv.
Samsung says a subset of pre-installed apps with Bixby enabled on launch.
Third party apps developers can make their apps Bixby enabled as well.
Now it will also be expanding to other Samsung products like A washing machine, or a TV set, and will live in the cloud for Internet connected devices.
AI is the future.
I'm excited, so we'll see how this all comes together on March 29th.
Now Evan Blass is back at it again with new leaks for he S8 and S8+.
This time it's the 3 colors we should expect to see in black sky, orchid gray and arctic silver.
Take a look.
See that grand silver looks pretty similar from the sides.
Now, the image of another one this time in Violet has been posted by KK sneak leaks.
We're not sure if this is an actual color yet or a prototype.
But hey it's out there.
Okay blue book report is Sampson Facial recognition for mobile payments within months of it's release.
Up to this point, it's been used for phone unlocking on the S8, but Samsung will now use it for mobile services, and financial applications, including Samsung Pay.
This would add a new tech feature that no other flagship phone currently has.
And it's already working with banks, to help them embrace facial recognition systems.
Now, the name for this feature, has not been leaked, but I'm really rooting for either facepay, or payface, I know, they sound ridiculous, but you know what, you tell me what you want it to be called.
Now, I've been blast dropped more bombs with the European pricing for the new S8.
And S8+, with the S8 starting at 799 euros, while the larger S8+ is expected to be 100 more at 899 euros.
Now that converts roughly to $850 US for the S8 And $966 dollars for the S8+, but these are pricings for the European regions.
And we don't expect them to convert directly for US markets.
Now, we're also expecting a new GearVR and an all-new [SOUND] Gear360 camera at the event, as well.
All right, Google has released the Developer Preview for Android O. No official name has been given, but we're leaning on Oreo.
Come on, that's a no-brainer.
They're top priority?
Better battery life and better Android OS performance overall.
New features, you'll now have fine grain control over different types of notifications, picture and picture display to watch video while doing other tasks and adaptive icons that will be selected based on the device.
Now Android O is still unfinished and more features will roll out, but the idea is to get it into developer's hands early.
And if you're tired of new apps and games coming out on iOS first, it's not going to change any time soon, but Super Mario Run is finally making its way to Android On the Play Store on March the 23rd.
Now there were more than 10 million downloads on its first day for iOS.
And it generated more than $4 million on its first day.
But only 5% of users paid the hefty $10 price tag to unlock the entire game.
Now it really wasn't that great of a game.
So after waiting for over three months I'm not sure if the Android world really cares that much about it.
All right, that's going to do it for this week, you can email me at email@example.com, or tweet me @briantong, thanks so much for watching.
We'll catch you next time for some more of that Googlicious.
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