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Samsung said on Tuesday it will be bringing Bixby, its virtual assistant, to India later this month, as the company announced the availability of the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. The arrival of Bixby in India further intensifies the battle for AI-powered digital assistants Google’s Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Amazon’s Alexa, which is also set to be launched in the country later this year.

The South Korean electronics company, which assumes the tentpole position among smartphone makers by both volume and brand value, said it had put months of rigorous efforts at its Research and Development centres in Bengaluru to understand and adapt to Indian dialects and contexts. Samsung says it has thoroughly baked in support for various Indian accents, letting even those customers who have opted for English (US) language, make use of Bixby.

Bixby, which was launched across several US and European markets earlier this year, offers four essential features to customers – the ability to talk to Bixby, take pictures and let it make sense of it, use it to set reminders, and receive recommendations for products, foods, and things to read.

Samsung said Bixby will be available to customers in India from September 30. Bixby, unlike Siri and Google’s Assistant, doesn’t work with a wide-range of smartphones. At present, only the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Note 8 offer this functionality. Samsung-made Android smartphones, however, also support Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, and Amazon Alexa, should users desire to utilise them.

The limited target audience for Bixby might emerge as a roadblock in its growth. Apple has shown some commitment to improve Siri’s reachability in India, adding diction support for a handful of local languages including Hindi. iOS 11, the latest mobile operating system from Apple that is expected to roll out later this month, will introduce that support.

In the meantime, Amazon is planning to bring Alexa with the Echo Dot smart-speaker in India later this year, people familiar with the matter said.

 

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)

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South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung may have another publicity nightmare on its hands. Following the controversy of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and its exploding batteries, and reports that the Samsung Galaxy S8’s facial recognition feature can be fooled with just a photo, now, a new report indicates that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s facial recognition also falls prey to the same photo prank.

According to developer Mel Tajon, during his time playing around with a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 demo unit at Best Buy, he was able to fool the facial recognition feature with a photo displayed on another smartphone. He claims to have repeated the process again with several Facebook profile pictures and Instagram selfie pics from his iPhone, still managing to unlock the Galaxy Note 8.

As we mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy S8 was found to have a similar loophole in the facial recognition-based unlocking feature, but we weren’t able to replicate the issue (as seen below). We didn’t refute the original report, but ended up with the verdict that it may be possible to fool, just, not very easy. Samsung itself doesn’t consider facial recognition to be completely secure, which is one of the reasons it is not an authentication option for secure payment features, including Samsung Pay.

Tajon here points to three possibilities that may have caused the problem. The first, he says, may be that the demo unit at Best Buy had the issue, but retail units will not. The second, is that Samsung’ facial recognition is just bad, and that Samsung faked the demo intentionally, similarly to how it faked some benchmark reports in the past. And finally, Tajon claims that facial recognition tech could be bad and that the demo is proof of that. For now, until the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is put through its paces in detailed reviews, no definitive claims can be made.

 

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is still months away, but that doesn’t stop leaks from occurring. Fresh leaks today give out specification details of the Galaxy Note 8 flagship, revealing battery size, RAM, processor, and even multiple storage variants.

The specification information comes from Weibo tipster Ice Universe, who cites South Korean media to claim that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will sport a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 2K resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It is tipped to be powered by the Exynos 8895 processor or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor depending on the regions.

There’s also expected to be a 6GB of RAM included, and another leak from website Osen claims that the smartphone will sport 64GB and 128GB of storage. Furthermore, Ice Universe tips that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will sport a dual 12-megapixel camera setup with OIS capabilities built-in. The smartphone may pack a 3300mAh battery, and will come with support for S Pen and DeX. Lastly, the tipster claims that the smartphone will come in Black, Blue, and Gold colour variants. This is in accordance with what has been leaked earlier about the device. The tip about two storage variants is new, and it will be an added bonus for users to make a choice from.

Past render leaks have also confirmed design details of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and it is expected to sport the fingerprint scanner at the back, beside the dual camera setup. It is expected to sport an Infinity Display, and come with a glass back as well. As per a recent news report, the South Korean company might launch the smartphone in late September at a price tag of EUR 999 (roughly Rs. 72,100).

 

 

Source : (gadgets.ndtv.com)