Samsung Galaxy S8 Bixby assistant expected to offer visual search and text recognition functions


Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be released during the upcoming MWC 2017. According to rumours, Samsung is expected to integrate a personal voice assistant named Bixby that will be capable of performing visual search and text recognition.

If the leaks are to be believed, the upcoming Bixby assistant will be accessible on all native apps including camera app. According to a report published on Sammobile, the upcoming Galaxy S8 will provide camera access to Bixby. As a user, you can activate Bixby to perform a visual search based on the object pointed by the rear camera.

Based on the information available in the report, the Bixby will have a capability to analyze the image and identify objects and text content. You will be able to search for objects including leveraging the use of optical character recognition to process text-based content.

Bixby was born after Samsung acquired Viv Labs. Interestingly, the Viv Labs was responsible for the development of Siri. In addition to Bixby, the Samsung Galaxy S8 also ships with an enhanced S Health app that is expected to ship with WebMD integration.

With WebMD integration in Bixby, you will able to book video appointments, management of medical records, verification of pharmacy locations and much more. As per a previous report, the term Bixby will be coined for the male voice. However, for female voice, it will be Kestra.

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to offer a large display including the elimination of physical home button. Moreover, you will find the integration of a fingerprint sensor below the display or at the rear side.

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Even though the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be unveiled on March 29 at MWC 2017, the handset will be shipped only in April. If you attend MWC 2017, you will be able to experience the handset if you stop by the Samsung booth.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at