Samsung has just taken a very important step for the development of its ecosystem of products and the development of its Tizen platform.Samsung has agreed to acquire Viv, an AI and assistant system co-founded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham who created Siri, which was acquired by Apple in 2010.
The company responsible for giving life to Siri, the famous Apple virtual assistant, and a few months ago showed the amazing abilities of its assistant potentiated with an artificial intelligence system.Viv will continue to operate as an independent company that will provide services to Samsung and its platforms.
Capabilities Viv go beyond what we have now seen with Siri, Google Now, Cortana or Alexa, as Viv is based on a so-called “global brain” based on artificial intelligence, which allows you to interact and “learn” a level that is able to write your own code to perform new tasks.
Artificial intelligence as a core element of Samsung ecosystem
They have not disclosed the details of the transaction, but Dag Kittlaus, one of the founders of Viv team has given some details of his upcoming participation as part of Samsung, which will continue to work as an independent company with the aim of enhancing the platform and Samsung ecosystem, that is, from their smartphones to their refrigerators, washing machines, televisions and any other connected device, which will make Viv will become the nerve center of IoT, phones, wearables and virtual reality.
The attractive part of this is that the negotiations reached an agreement to Viv continue to operate as free and available to other systems platform, so that the initial plan to launch on iOS and Android remains, plus it will be open to any developer to enter and do support their applications to nurture advanced intelligence system artificial.
El last May for the first time had a demo of Viv, this after four years of development, where despite having no voice left everyone mouth open, as is a wizard that is able to interact, create context with questions and accept complex conversations that nurture the thread of the conversation, so you never have to start again and frustrated because they do not understand us, and that one of his tasks is to learn and become more efficient over time.
With this Samsung falls squarely in a competition where artificial intelligence systems within virtual assistants begin to gain ground, there we have the case of Amazon with Alexa and Echo and the new Assistant Google begins to gain prominence both in its Allo application and Google Android Home and up; and finally Apple rumor points where it is also working to expand the capabilities of Siri for a new Google-like Echo and Home device.
All bet that Apple would be who acquired Viv, as it would be a natural movement and help the growth of Siri in artificial intelligence, but the Samsung is giving the surprise and analyze all possible scenarios and the latest developments of the company we see that all makes sense and Viv buying can be considered the most important for the company in recent years strategic move, which could ultimately make Samsung become independent of Google.