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Samsung throws Bixby into mix, Amazon’s Alexa comes to Android

Samsung has confirmed the launch of its Bixby AI-powered digital assistant, ahead of its launch at the end of this month. Also this week, Amazon’s Alexa has made it to its first smartphone, the Huawei Mate 9 – however, its dual-app user experience is likely to prevent this being the Echo-style hit Amazon needs to assert itself in the mobile world at last. Bixby stems from Viv Labs, a company that Samsung bought back in October, for an undisclosed price. Viv was led by Dag Kittlaus, a co-creator of Apple’s Siri who apparently founded Viv out of frustration with Apple’s limited ambition for Siri. Currently, it supports eight languages – well ahead of Google Assistant’s support for only German and…

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