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Samsung's Bixby voice assistant will reach beyond Galaxy S8The company confirms its AI assistant will have its own side button on the S8. Eventually, you'll be able to boss it around on more than just a phone.
There's a new smart voice assistant in town. Owner's of the upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone are soon gonna be talking to Bixby, Samsung's brand new voice assistant. Samsung announced that there's gonna be a dedicated button on the side of the S8 phone that you would press to summon Bixby before you make your request. But Bixby is not just for Samsung's newest phone, you could be talking to Bixby in Samsung appliances because the future is all about talking to your washing machine. Actually, the company's grand plan is that you may be enticed to buy all of Samsung appliances if they all sync up with your phone with Bixby. Now, we've heard about Bixby reports for some time now, but Samsung has made the news official. Yet this is not Samsung's first attempt at a voice assistant Remember S Voice? It was unreliable and a flop. Since then Samsung has invested in new technology to step up its game. Now until we use it ourselves it's gonna be hard to say how Bixby will match up to Apple. Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon's Alexa, or the Google Assistant. We don't even know if Bixby's gonna sound like a girl or a guy. But we will get some answers when Bixby makes its debut at a New York event at March 29, during the big reveal for the Galaxy S8. You can catch the live stream on CNET with a pre show starting at 10:30 A.M. Eastern Time. I'll be co-hosting with Iyaz Akhtar and Ben Fox Rubin. And we'll also be giving a post-game analysis of Samsung's big rebound phone. I'm Bridget Carey, you can read up on more of [UNKNOWN] back story and other Samsung news at cnet.com.