Seoul — Samsung Electronics plans to equip its next Galaxy S smartphones with a Siri-like digital assistant as it tries to recover from the global debacle that precipitated the death of its flawed Note 7 line-up. Samsung, which last month acquired US-based artificial-intelligence software company Viv Labs, said the Galaxy S8 slated for next year will have AI-enabled features "significantly differentiated" from those in the market, such as Apple’s Siri or Google. Those services now offer information from the weather to flight times based on user activity. The flagship Galaxy S line will prove crucial to salvaging Samsung’s reputation in the wake of the fiasco surrounding a Note 7 device prone to bursting into flames. The recall and eventual cessation of the line is estimated to have cost more than $6bn and pushed profit at its mobile division to a record low in the September quarter. The group is investigating the cause of fires. "It will be significantly differentiated from the curr...

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