Samsung Internet 8.2 stable brings Do-Not-Track mode, download speed increases, and better Bixby integration.
What is Bixby?
Bixby is a virtual assistant developed by Samsung Electronics. On March 20, 2017, Samsung announced the voice-powered digital assistant named “Bixby“. Bixby was introduced alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event, held on March 29, 2017. Samsung officially unveiled Bixby a week before launch but it only made its first appearance during the event. Bixby can also be sideloaded on older Galaxy devices running Android Nougat.
It’s Samsung’s attempt to take on the likes of Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana and Alexa, with a new AI agent that’s going to span Samsung devices.
How does it work?
Samsung has detailed that there are three pillars that help drive Bixby:
- Bixby is a complete solution: it is designed to let you carry out a full range of interactions, rather than launching an app for example or carrying out a single task. Samsung says that Bixby will be able to do just about everything you can do with an app using touch.
- It’s contextually aware: this is one of the buzzwords of AI, demonstrated by Google Assistant, for example. This will mean that Bixby can recognise the state that the app is in and take the right actions based on your requests, also letting you mix voice or touch.
- Bixby understands natural language: this means that you don’t need to use set phrases, but you can give incomplete information and Bixby can interpret and take action. Natural language recognition has been key to the rise of Alexa, for example, and is now a key element of modern AI.
The service essentially works in the same way as other AI solutions like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. In that it listens to your voice, interprets the information and returns the resulting action. The contextual awareness means you can get it to take actions without laboriously detailing exactly what to do with what. It already understands where you are so can take the logical next step, so there’s no need to use the precise language that you did on older voice-control systems.
Do Not Track Mode
When you browse the web on computers or Android devices, you can send a request to websites not to collect or track your browsing data. It’s turned off by default. However, what happens to your data depends on how a website responds to the request. Many websites will still collect and use your browsing data to
- improve security
- provide content
- ads and recommendations on their websites
- generate reporting statistics
Most websites and web services, including Google’s, don’t change their behavior when they receive a Do Not Track request. Chrome doesn’t provide details of which websites and web services respect Do Not Track requests and how websites interpret them.
Update- Samsung Internet 8.2
Samsung Internet 8.2 is here and out of beta. It brings a number of improvements such as Do-Not-Track mode, better Bixby integration, and faster download speeds. Samsung has introduced a better download manager that downloads files larger than 13MB in chunks. According to the company, it has resulted in 15%-40% increases in download speeds. Samsung Internet 8.2 has been released on the Google Play Store, and you can download the latest version now.