Samsung has teamed up with compatriot company Kakao Corp. to improve its Bixby AI assistant platform.
Kakao operates a major mobile messenger service in South Korea called KakaoTalk, but also offers an AI platform called Kakao I, which is designed to recognize speech, text, and even images. Earlier this year, Kakao inked a deal with Hyundai and Kia to integrate the technology into a new smart car system, and it may be that Samsung took notice as it worked to refine its Bixby platform.
For its part, Bixby is meant as Samsung’s own version of Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa – a voice-controlled AI assistant designed to perform various functions at the user’s behest. The system launched worldwide a month ago, but is currently only able to interact with users in Korean and English. Now, with the help of Kakao’s technology, it could pick up new languages quickly, though the companies have not specified which particular features or capabilities they are aiming to improve with their collaboration.
The deal will also see Bixby integrated into KakaoTalk, and the companies say they will also work together on IoT services and mobile and wearable devices going forward, so their collaboration could lead to technological advancements well beyond Bixby.