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Samsung is getting help from Google to improve Bixby

Samsung may have found the fastest way to make Bixby improve as a digital assistant with help from Google on Artificial Intelligence

You won’t believe how cheap the world’s smallest AI chip is

A team of Taiwan researchers and an integrated circuit design house have developed Mipy, the world’s smallest and cheapest AI chip.

$250 Beats-branded Siri speaker tipped as Apple’s only WWDC 2018 hardware launch

Apple is reportedly keen on “advancing its digital assistant ambitions” at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, both with expanded Siri capabilities and a lower-cost Beats smart speaker.

Bixby 2.0 is on track to launch with the Galaxy Note 9 this year, and expand to many IoT products soon

You can add Bixby 2.0 to the so far short list of rumored Galaxy Note 9 upgrades, with Samsung’s digital assistant finally slated to receive a bunch of essential improvements in just a few months.

Google Assistant gets new voices, new partners, futuristic new skills

A lot of new Google Assistant information was shared during the opening Google I/O 2018 keynote, some of which had a certain Grammy winner as a headliner.

LG G6 is finally ready to get Oreo update… in Korea, V20 and G5 to follow suit… someday

The official Android 8.0 Oreo rollout for the 2017-released LG G6 flagship phone will begin in just a few days in Korea, while the V20 and G5 continue to wait.

Side-mounted LG G7 ThinQ button will reportedly be used for quick Google Assistant access

Drawing inspiration from Samsung’s last couple of flagship phone designs, the fast-approaching LG G7 ThinQ will let you press a side-mounted button to launch Google Assistant.

LG confirms G7 ThinQ name and announcement date, leaked render shows off five paint jobs

Yes, it’s definitely called LG G7 ThinQ, it’s coming to New York on May 2, and depending on the region you live in, you may be able to buy it in up to five different hues.

Google splits search and AI operations as ex-division chief joins Apple to reboot Siri

Apple is looking to step up its AI efforts with the help of Google’s former machine learning and search division head, while the search giant is splitting the two operations and promoting a couple of veteran employees.

The LG G7 is (probably) dead, long live the LG G7 ThinQ

LG’s branding conundrum for its next-gen flagship smartphone might have been solved, with an LG G7 ThinQ expected out soon instead of a “regular” G7.

Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC supports mid-range AI photography and enhanced face detection

No, the Exynos 9610 is technically not an ultra-high-end new mobile processor, but it does include plenty of “premium” features and capabilities.

Google Lens preview officially spreads to iOS devices in Google Photos app

Previously available only on Android devices, the AI-powered Google Lens object recognition tool is now rolling out to both iPhone and iPad users as a neat Google Photos extension.

Google Lens officially starts its gradual rollout on non-Pixel Android devices

Available for Pixel and Pixel 2 users since November, the Google Lens “preview” experience is finally expanding to other Android phones, also “coming soon” on iOS.

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 845 VR reference design, AI Engine and more

Some of the most immersive future VR headsets will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chip, according to Qualcomm. The SoC also comes with an AI Engine and Broadcast Audio technology for high-end smartphones.

OnePlus 6 confirmed for late Q2 launch with Snapdragon 845, US carrier support still unlikely

Until OnePlus can “experiment” with official US carrier support, the unlocked OnePlus 6 is probably coming in June, definitely packing a Snapdragon 845 SoC.

When will smartphones be intelligent?

Is it time for the smartphone to get intelligent and be able to learn how to make things much easier for you? One can hope.

It’s alive: Latest Huawei Mate 10 event teaser promises an ‘intelligent machine’

The fast-approaching Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are no longer compared with the iPhone X or Galaxy Note 8, simply promising to feel “alive.”
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It’s already no longer possible to remap Galaxy S8’s Bixby button for easy Google Assistant launch

Looking forward to receive your pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy S8, and reprogram its side Bixby button for Google Assistant use? Forget about it.

TRI partners with TCL for September launch of Liquidmorphium-made Turing Phone Appassionato

Before you scream vaporware, take into consideration TCL’s involvement in the making of this AI-powered Turing Phone Appassionato.

Facebook Messenger starts showing AI-powered suggestions on Android and iOS

It took quite a while for Facebook Messenger to officially join the AI game, with the M digital assistant available now in the US.

Galaxy S8 Rumor Round Up, Apple AI, and No HTC Smartwatches | #PNWeekly 237

You hear that? No Halfbeak for us. And with the shenanigans that T-Mobile is trying to pull with the floundering of DIRECTV NOW, you’ve gotta tune in.

Samsung Galaxy S8 could scrap home button, pick up a side AI key instead, and debut in April

You may have to wait a little longer than you’d like for a radically redesigned Samsung Galaxy S8, no home key included, with an AI button instead.

Samsung acquires Viv, the ‘next-gen AI platform’ hailing from Siri’s creators

Samsung seems to be finally acknowledging it needs external help to rival Google Assistant, Siri or Alexa, with Viv Labs coming to the rescue.

Will Google Assistant finally deliver us a world with fewer apps?

When search improves on a phone, there’s less need to rely on single use programs. Will Google Assistant finally deliver us a world with fewer apps?

Good business dictates that iMessage on Android cannot happen

Not unless Apple wants to lose money. It believes that iMessage is a huge reason why people buy iPhones and iPads. What makes it different from Apple Music?