Google’s Plan to Spread its AI Assistant Hits Samsung Roadblock

Google just debuted a digital assistant, which it hopes to place inside smartphones, watches, cars and every other imaginable internet-connected device. It’s already hit a snag. The Alphabet Inc. division launched new smartphones last week with the artificially intelligent assistant deeply embedded. It also rolled out a speaker with the feature at its core and announced plans to let other companies tie their apps and services to the assistant. A day later, Samsung Electronics Co., one of the largest manufacturers of smartphones and other consumer devices, said it was acquiring Viv Labs, a startup building its own AI voice-based assistant.  At first, the deal looked like a counter-punch to Samsung rival Apple Inc. — Viv is run by the creators of Apple’s Siri assistant. But buying Viv may be more of…


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