Samsung acquires Viv, a next-gen AI assistant built by the creators of Apple’s Siri

Matthew Panzarino, for TechCrunch:

Samsung has agreed to acquire Viv, an AI and assistant system co-founded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham — who created Siri, which was acquired by Apple in 2010. The three left Apple in the years after the acquisition and founded Viv in 2012. Pricing information was not available, but we’ll check around.
Viv has been billed as a more extensible, powerful version of Siri.
Viv will continue to operate as an independent company that will provide serves to Samsung and its platforms.

Huge get for Samsung, clearly. Being able to ask your phone "how long until you explode?" should come in pretty handy.