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Samsung showcases foldable smartphone, opens up Bixby

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After weeks of teasing, finally showcased its foldable at its fifth annual developer conference here that would be mass produced in the coming months.

The foldable phone, which is a tablet when it's fully opened and a phone when it's closed, was demonstrated by Samsung's of on Wednesday, The Verge reported.

However, the showcased at the Developer Conference (SDC) is not the yet.

"The foldable display lays the foundation for a new kind of mobile experience. We are excited to work with developers on this new platform to create new value for our customers. We cannot wait to see where the and collaboration takes us," said DJ Koh, of and Mobile Communications Division, Electronics.

The company has used what calls "Infinity Flex Display" for the that lets users open and close again without any degradation.

"Because the Infinity Flex Display is a next generation platform, Samsung invites developers to participate in this journey from the beginning. Working collaboratively with and the developer community, Samsung will maximise the potential of this new form factor to create an optimised foldable user experience," the company said.

The tech giant also announced it would join the notch bandwagon soon.

During the keynote, the firm showed several notch designs that are certainly coming to its beginning 2019.

Samsung also opened up its own Bixby, allowing third party developers to build functionalities for the (AI)

started as a practical way to use voice to interact with the phone. Now, it is evolving into a scalable, open AI platform to support many devices, including fridge and TVs.

Samsung announced the opening of Developer Studio, an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), to developers.

It offers access to the same development tools Samsung's internal developers use to create Capsules, which is what developers build to add features to Bixby.

"Our goal is to offer developers a robust, scalable and open AI platform that makes it easy for them to launch and evolve the amazing experiences they create for our users," said Kyunghak Hyun, of the at Samsung.

"As Samsung's ecosystem of devices continues to grow, it creates more points of contact not just for Bixby, but for a growing number of third-party services as well. Developers have more ways to reach users, and users get more opportunities to make the most of them," Kyunghak said.

As part of its efforts to scale Bixby services, Samsung said it would expand support to five new languages in the coming months, including British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 15:34 IST