Samsung has confirmed that next year's Galaxy S8 will launch with an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant to rival Google and Apple.
Reuters reported that Samsung executive vice president Rhee Injong said that the firm's long-rumoured AI service will make its debut on next year's smartphone before expanding to home appliances and wearable devices.
Samsung hasn't said much about the as yet unnamed service, but has confirmed that it will work with third-party apps from the start.
"Developers can attach and upload services to our agent. Even if Samsung doesn't do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learning more new services and providing them to end users with ease," Injong said.
It's no secret that Samsung is gearing up to launch a rival to Siri and Google Assistant, having last month acquired Viv, an AI assistant built by the creators of Apple's competing service.
Viv, co-founded by Siri masterminds Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham, has been touted by the trio as a more powerful version of Apple's digital assistant that can respond to complex, layered questions.
Samsung has also confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will have a 'slick' new design and a revamped camera system. Rumour has it that this will be a dual-lens set-up similar to that seen on the iPhone 7 Plus.
Speculation has also suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a 5.1in 2160x3840 AMOLED Edge display powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 830 chip or Samsung's own Exynos 8895, both which will use 10nm FinFET technology that Samsung claims offers 40 per cent lower power consumption and a 27 per cent boost in performance.
There's no word on prices or availability, although we do know that Korean customers burned by Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall will be able to bag one half price.
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