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Biggest News from the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference

by Shylene Radinsky

mobile technology

Samsung’s annual Developer Conference kicked off Wednesday morning in San Francisco with announcements from CEO, DJ Koh, about the vision he has for 5G technology powering smart homes, smart cities, driverless vehicles, and more. Read on to learn about the biggest announcements and news to come out of the show!

Bixby

Samsung’s digital assistant Bixby has not seen the success it was hoping to upon release. To offer the voice assistant additional support, Samsung announced that by 2020, over $22 billion and 1,000 artificial intelligence experts will go into equipping all Samsung devices with Bixby technology. Within the next few months, Bixby will also be available in five additional languages. Perhaps the biggest announcement regarding the digital assistant technology was the creation of the new Bixby Developer Studio. Developers will have access to all the tools Samsung employees have in accessing the assistant on multiple platforms.

SmartThings

Soon you’ll be able to integrate more Samsung devices with SmartThings technology! Devices in your home that have been paired with the SmartThings WiFi will be able to be controlled by the SmartThings app. Users will be able to monitor temperature and turn lights on and off through the new app. SmartThings users will also be able to control these WiFi-enabled devices in the home via their car dashboard.

One UI

Samsung’s newest smartphone, the One UI, aligns software and hardware to work together. The new interface will be available in a range of colors and will be simpler to use, removing clutter to make focusing on one task at a time easier. Notification boxes will now pop up at the bottom of the screen to make it more accessible for customer use. The One UI is projected to be available to the public in January 2019.

Infinity Flex Display

Perhaps the conference’s most awaited announcement was the reveal of the Infinity Flex Display, a tablet that folds in half to become a phone. Dubbed as “the future of display technology,” users will be able to run three applications at once using Samsung’s new multiview technology. Samsung’s SVP of Mobile Product Marketing disclosed that the tablet display screen will be 7.3 inches, and folded the smartphone is estimated to be around 4.6 inches. Customers can expect to see the Infinity Flex on the market around March 2019!

 

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