Samsung has acquired South Korean startup Fluently.
Fluenty focuses on conversational artificial intelligence, an area Samsung will almost certainly apply to its own ill-received AI Bixby. Though the voice-activated assistant has come a long way since first releasing in August, applying more conversational technology to the artificial intelligence could potentially make it more useful. As of now, users can ask Bixby various questions, although the AI isn’t capable of acknowledging follow-up queries, unlike Google Assistant.
The South Korean startup created Fluenty, an app that suggests text replies with the press of a button based on AI technology. The app first launched in the U.S. in 2015 and in South Korea last year. The platform’s software has since been used in other apps like Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and Google Hangouts.
Fluenty is also responsible for the ‘Smart Reply API,’ software that sends smart replies, but also deep links within apps.
Samsung also acquired other AI-focused companies Viv Labs and Innoetics earlier this year.
Source: Android Headlines