- Samsung's new virtual assistant is depicted in Pixar-like artwork leaked online
- 'Sam' looks like a Samsung employee with her branded attire and Galaxy phone
- She could power Samsung's Galaxy powered smartphones and smart speakers
- The firm is allegedly working on Sam to replace its current digital assistant BixbySamsung's new virtual assistant is called Sam and looks like a Pixar character, new promo images reveal.
Brazil-based animation studios Lightfarm shared its renders of Sam online at the weekend before hastily taking them down.
Sam will likely power Samsung's Galaxy powered smartphones and smart 'things' like home appliances, as a replacement for Bixby, which Samsung revealed in 2017.
Sam could also power Samsung's first commercially available smart speaker, which has been frustratingly delayed since it was first revealed in 2018.
Digital assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri are disembodied voices that address users through devices like phones and speakers.
From these new leaked promo images, it seems Samsung is trying to pique interest by personalising the character with some creative 3D artistry, which could help it appeal to younger smartphone users.
Sam appears as a young woman with shoulder-length brown hair and Samsung-branded clothing, kitted out with a smart watch and Samsung Galaxy phone.
Lightfarm worked with the Cheil Agency, a marketing company owned by Samsung, on the images, according to a now-deleted post, captured on Wayback Machine.
'Throughout the process, the team devoted itself to developing realistic materials, mainly for the character's hair and clothing, so that Sam appeared aesthetically pleasing,' said Lightfarm.
'Sam was an incredible partnership between the Cheil Agency and Lightfarm, and we are thrilled to be part of this project!'
@BearUNLV, who posted the images to his Twitter, also said 'Bixby is done', in reference to Samsung's current smart assistant, which has apparently struggled to compete with other tech giants' offerings.
Another Twitter user, @aloeaceae, posted one of the images with the words 'All bow to my goddess Sam the Samsung’s virtual assistant'.
MailOnline has contacted Samsung for comment. The company is yet to make any official announcement about a new smart assistant.
Sam is set to be a competitor for Google Assistant, which is the dominant smart assistant installed on Android phones.
Android – which is owned and operated by Google – is the operating system that powers Samsung phones, among others.
Therefore, Sam will have to offer some very special capabilities to draw Android users away from Google Assistant.
Samsung is a giant in smartphones and tablets, but its venture into smart speakers had made a stuttering start.
Samsung revealed what was originally planned to be its entry into the smart speaker market back in August 2018, but the ‘Galaxy Home’ was never commercially released.
The original design for Samsung's first smart speaker resembled more of a cauldron or a rocket ship, and was mercilessly mocked on social media.
Undeterred, Samsung revealed a scaled down redesign, called the Galaxy Home Mini, in autumn 2019.
In February 2020, Samsung seemed to prematurely announce availability of Galaxy Home Mini in its home market of South Korea in a press release.
The release – which revealed a price tag of $83 (about £64) – was strangely taken down just hours later, giving the impression it was posted to Samsung's site by accident.
As of today, neither the Galaxy Home or Galaxy Home Mini are available to buy and Samsung has been quiet on their current release status.
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