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Galaxy S8's Bixby to feature visual search and text recognition capabilities

Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship concept render
Samsung Galaxy S8 concept
Samsung's upcoming virtual assistant that is expected to come with the next Galaxy flagship will be able to conduct payments and control all native apps, but also to perform visual search operations and text recognition with the help of the device's cameras.

Samsung Galaxy S8 has been in the rumor mill for a while, and the device's virtual assistant was mentioned quite a few times so far. Previous reports unveiled its ability to control all native Android apps, as well as the fact that Bixby would be able to conduct payments. Now, the time has come for two more features, both involving the handset's cameras.

According to an exclusive report by SamMobile, "The standard camera app on the Galaxy S8 will feature its own Bixby button, giving access to a search tool that processes whatever the user is pointing the camera at." When analyzing the image, Bixby will identify both objects and text, thus offering optical character recognition capabilities as well.

For now, all these features should be taken with a grain of salt, since the South Korean giant is still busy developing the firmware for its upcoming flagship and the apps that come with it, Bixby included (and its female-voiced version known as Kestra, of course).

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-23 (Update: 2017-01-23)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.