Saturday, 17 November, 2018

The Five Coolest Things Samsung Announced At SDC 2018 (So Far)

Bixby is now open to developers through the Bixby Developer Studio The Five Coolest Things Samsung Announced At SDC 2018 (So Far)
Cecil Davis | 09 November, 2018, 12:53

Foldable phones promise the screen of a small tablet in a pocket-sized device.

Moving on to one of the more immediate benefits for users across the globe, Samsung has confirmed that its assistant will gain support for five new languages within the "coming months". Both screens boast resolutions of a standard 420 pixels-per-inch density. It can also display three different apps simultaneously.

The device will be called the "Infinity Flex Display".

"They will have to prove that it's more than just a gimmick,"he said". The experience was reengineered to reduce clutter and distractions, allowing the user to better focus and quickly navigate their phone.

At Samsung's SDC developers' conference in San Francisco this week, the South Korean IT hardware and software giant introduced new-gen developer tools for its Bixby and SmartThings analytics platforms and to build mobile apps for its new One UI platform and the ground-breaking Infinity Flex Display.

Dave Burke, vice president of engineering at Google, said at the Android Developer Summit that Google is "enhancing Android to take advantage of this new form factor with as little work as necessary". "We expect to see foldable products from several Android manufacturers", he said. On the developer side of things, Samsung says it's giving devs the same full access to Bixby that it does through its new Bixby Developer Studio - claiming it's treating creators like "first-class citizens" compared to competing services. This will make it easier for developers to connect their devices and services to the platform via new tools including the SmartThings Cloud Connector, SmartThings Device Kit and SmartThings Hub Connector.

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Samsung Electronics unveiled its anticipated foldable phone in San Francisco on Wednesday, urging Android developers to start writing apps for it.

But they were unexpectedly beaten by a Chinese display start-up, Royole, last week.

Also on November 7, Google announced Android support for this new foldable smartphone form factor, so the starting software support is in place and is expected to continue over time. The theme for this year's event was "turning now into next", with the company finally unveiling its plans for folding smartphones, new advancements in AI and its plans for 5G.

Samsung also used the developers conference to announce it would begin letting app developers use Bixby, its artificial-intelligence platform for Samsung's smartphones and home appliances.

Other companies: Google has started working on foldable devices, too, The Verge reports. Bixby could then become an alternative to Google Assistant or Amazon's Alexa, even though the Samsung platform is widely perceived as weaker than its competitors when it comes to recognizing and processing voice commands.