Samsung reportedly plans to integrate Viv technology into Galaxy S8 handset
According to a Reuters report, Samsung has confirmed that its forthcoming Galaxy S8 smartphones will boast the inclusion of Viv digital assistance technology.
The Viv technology which Samsung will integrate into the Galaxy S8 handsets - expected to be launched by Samsung in spring 2017 - is a service designed by startup Viv Labs to work seamlessly with third-party services. Viv Labs is a startup which was formed by Apple Siri creators; and was acquired by Samsung in early October.
Samsung's confirmation that the Viv technology will be incorporated into the Galaxy S8 handsets implies that the company's next-generation Galaxy S flagship smartphone will come with an artificial intelligence (AI)- powered smart assistant of its own, similarly to Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, and Google Assistant.
Despite the fact that Samsung has not specified as to what features the Viv digital assistance technology will cover in the Galaxy S8 handset, Samsung EVP Rhee Injong has hinted at integration with third-party services.
Injong told Reuters that "developers can attach and upload services to our agent," and added: "Even if Samsung doesn't do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more services and provide them to end-users with ease."