The Note 7 debacle has hurt Samsung's bottom line this quarter, with the company expected to lose a total of $5 billion over the recall and eventual discontinuation of sales. The South Korean manufacturer is looking to turn things around early next year with the launch of the Galaxy S8, and according to The Wall Street Journal, it plans to do that by incorporating a "slick design and an improved camera, as well as an enhanced artificial-intelligence service."
The comment comes from Lee Kyeong-tae, Samsung's vice president for mobile communications. He didn't offer any specifics on how the artificial intelligence service would work, but Samsung will likely leverage its recent acquisition of Viv to build a voice-guided assistant that responds to natural language queries.
Viv is billed as a next-generation assistant, one that's capable of writing its own code to handle new tasks. To get an idea of how Viv functions, you should take a look at this demo:
At the time of the acquisition, Samsung noted that it will integrate Viv's service into its home appliances, wearables, and other products:
With Viv, Samsung will be able to unlock and offer new service experiences for its customers, including one that simplifies user interfaces, understands the context of the user and offers the user the most appropriate and convenient suggestions and recommendations.
Viv was built with both consumers and developers in mind. This dual focus is also what attracted us to Viv as an ideal candidate to integrate with Samsung home appliances, wearables and more, as the paradigm of how we interact with technology shifts to intelligent interfaces and voice control.
The Galaxy S8 is also rumored to be the first phone to offer optical fingerprint recognition, which allows the fingerprint sensor to be embedded underneath the display. Samsung is expected to unveil the phone next February at Mobile World Congress 2017.