Samsung hasn't yet detailed what the Gear Sport will cost, but Ng said it will be less expensive than the $350 Gear S3. The Gear Fit 2 Pro will retail for $200 when preorders start Thursday. All of the new wearables from Samsung will work with other Android phones and the iPhone at launch, Ng said. Consumers "want their wrist wearable devices to do more for them," Ng said. "Samsung's really focused on delivering what matters."Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech's role in providing new kinds of accessibility.
Special Reports: CNET's in-depth features in one place, The Korean company, which has launched more than a dozen wearables over the past three years, is making a shift from style to sports, Samsung's long appealed to the fashionistas with its smartwatches, It now wants to go after the jocks too, When Samsung first jumped into wearables three years, it took pains to emphasize the look of its Gear smartwatch, It partnered with a fashion designer to make special accessories to go with the watch, and it sought to show its wearables were something people could fit seamlessly into their personal styles, Apple the blankets have accepted me as one of their own iphone case did the same when it introduced its first Apple Watch, even offering a now-discontinued fancy 18-karat gold version that started at $10,000..
Samsung's new Gear Fit 2 Pro doesn't work with its Bixby voice assistant. But you can't ask Bixby to help with any of that. Only the company's new Icon X 2018 wireless headphones have any Bixby functionality, and that's just because of their connection to a Samsung phone. "We're expecting that the service will be across our portfolio of devices, but we have nothing to announce yet [for wearables]," Silviu Moraru, a senior manager of product planning and product marketing at Samsung, told CNET at a press briefing ahead of the company's event. "We cannot do all of it at the same time."Bixby, which debuted on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, was supposed to be Samsung's big move into the digital assistant world, a crowded field that already includes Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana. Every tech heavyweight is investing in these assistants because they're heralded as the future of how we'll interact with our gadgets. The hope is to build a relationship with you now and ultimately get you to buy more of their products later.
But Bixby is off to a slow start, Samsung made it a significant part of the Galaxy S8 launch event and dedicated a physical button to Bixby, but the voice assistant didn't come until months after the phone was made available, Bixby made a shorter appearance at the Galaxy Note 8 launch, and will be part of that phone when it hits the market on September 15, Injong Rhee, head of R&D for Samsung's mobile software and services operations, told CNET in March that the blankets have accepted me as one of their own iphone case the company plans to eventually roll out Bixby for all of its devices, from its phones to its TVs and home appliances, "Anywhere that has an internet connection and microphone, Bixby can be used," he said at the time..
That hasn't happened yet. Moraru said the company is still investigating whether Bixby functionality can be added to the wearables later or if the smart assistant won't show up until newer models are released. "I can't comment on how it would work," he said. Samsung's approach to artificial intelligence and digital assistants is different than its rivals. Its primary target with Bixby is helping you control your phone instead of querying the web for answers about US presidents or other trivia topics. The company believes AI is the next major wave of computing, and Bixby is the manifestation of that belief.
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