Here's a first look at Samsung’s new foldable smartphone

Sarah Tew  CNET

In the hope of developing Bixby into a platform that is used throughout a wide range of products, not just smartphones, Samsung is opening up its assistant to third-party developers for the first time through a new feature called Bixby Capsules.

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 announcement means other companies can start building the voice assistant system into their own machines and devices as well. They're actually the same tools that Samsung uses to develop new experience for Bixby as well.

He did not reveal how thick the device is. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, SmartThings offers a connected experience in a single app, bringing IoT into the smart home, the auto, office and everywhere in between, the company said. "We are excited to work with developers on this new platform to create new value for our customers".

Ko promised gamers that more video game exclusives will be coming to Samsung's mobile devices in the months to come. Google is working with Samsung to help launch a device next year.


"Our strategy is to enhance the gaming experience on Galaxy devices, to make them a go-to platform for gaming".

Additionally, the upgraded Works with SmartThings (WWST) certification program gives developers direct access to SmartThings experts and resources, Samsung said.

Bixby, too, is expected to come with a lot of new additions and not to mention that the company has introduced a new user interface for its upcoming devices dubbed One UI. Its minimalstic design keeps the most relevant content on the bottom half of the screen, making it more natural and comfortable for one-handed use, the company said. "The experience was reengineered to reduce clutter and distractions, allowing the user to better focus and quickly navigate".

One thing worth noting is that these individual capsules will not be immediately present on Bixby-enabled smartphones. It also announced its take on the notch, with not one but three notch designs for its future devices - the Infinity U, Infinity V and Infinity O. The Infinity O display, meanwhile, sits offset to the left side of the screen.

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