Samsung acquires Viv - yet another voice/AI technology

Check out this article from USA TODAY:

Samsung rockets into AI fast lane with Viv purchase


Very cool. Viv is very advanced, it’s been in an open beta for a while but not gone into any commercial products yet.

This was interesting:

Lenzi says Viv should power a Samsung smartphone sometime next year.

It will be a nice way to change the subject from exploding batteries.


I thought the same thing when reading the article. The power of diversion. Today’s news had an already recalled Note 7 catch fire on a plane and they had to land the plane. Not good.

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Great! Now they will be able to warn you before the battery explodes: “Your phone will self-destruct in 10 seconds” :smiley:


So, if your phone asks “Is it just me, or is it getting a little hot in here…?”, you should RUN!

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Hats off to the guys behind Viv - first they sell their IP to Apple (Siri) & now a buy from Samsung.
I guess lighting can strike twice …

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Looking forward to more legal wrangling between the two. :smiley:

Only issue I foresee with this is further bifurcation within android, where Samsung pushes their own service in place of Ok Google… which is fine suppose…so long as I can choose which such service I want to use…

The S7 is a great product, but I hate the 'Samsungized" parts about it that I cannot default back to android default build ala the Nexus/Pixel series…

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It’s official: the galaxy 8 to be released in 2017 will include the Viv digital assistant:

(And, yes, the voice countdown jokes have already started. :wink:)