27 February 2018
Samsung’s popular digital voice assistant that debuted earlier this year has been in line several enhancements in the past few months as it plans to add support for Spanish and Chinese. A couple months after announcing the much improved Bixby 2.0, the digital assistant now reads weather data from The Weather Company and has even went on to take over AI startup Fluently last month.
With that much going on for the team, it might come off as surprising when we report that the original head of development at Bixby has now quit the company. No, Samsung didn’t fire Rhee In-Jonh who also happens to be their Chief Technology Officer as part of the challenges faced while tackling the more popular market competitors in the likes of Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant.
The Korea Herald has confirmed that Samsung’s Rhee In-Jonh is leaving the company following his wanting to do the same back in the summer of this year, citing personal reasons. Samsung has been quick to find Rhee’s replacement though. Having merged its hardware and software divisions within the company, the current Executive VP Roh Tae-Moon is now the Chief of the combined division which also includes Bixby.
Rhee made his way up to being the CTO of the company following work on several projects. Previously, he had worked on the development of Samsung’s security software named Knox which was his last work before moving on to the Bixby department. His successor, Roh Tae-Moon is expected to make sure the new and enhanced Bixby 2.0 is free of any bugs that were present in the earlier versions of the digital voice assistant.