Talk about Samsung enhancing the Galaxy S8 with an AI service has been around for a while now, with an official even confirming the presence of a digital voice assistant earlier this month. Now a new report sheds some more light on the company’s plans.
Samsung is apparently working on male and female voice assistants which are presumably named Bixby and Kestra, respectively. This intriguing bit of news comes courtesy Galaxy Club who have discovered new trademark applications Samsung has filed in the European Union and South Korea.
Bixby has been spelled out in various ways in the applications, with Samsung looking to protect the terms Bix-bee, Bix:)by, Bix:)bee, and Bix-by. The accompanying description refers to computer software for enabling hands-free use of a phone via voice recognition or computer software to process voice commands.
Bixby has been floating as a possible name in previous reports as well, adding a layer of authenticity to the assumption. SamMobile claims that Samsung is currently hard at work trying to develop technology to process payments via voice commands. The publication says it’s being created under the name Bixby Pay.
Bixby and Kestra are notably associated with the Star Trek franchise, throwing open some interesting possibilities about what else Samsung plans for its AI assistants. The Galaxy S8 itself is expected to feature high-end specs such as a brand new 256GB option and 6GB of RAM.
Other rumored specs include huge 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch 2K screens, dual 12MP and 13MP cameras, and iris recognition technology. The Galaxy S8 may even sport a bezel-less design which will get rid of the home button and place the fingerprint sensor underneath the glass.