Samsung’s digital assistant Bixby is finally available in English to all Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users in the US.
The Bixby voice assistant feature in English for Galaxy S8 and S8+ was limited at the launch in the US in April, and was said to be coming in late Spring. After multiple delays, the function is finally available for English speakers.
Bixby voice assistant has been available in South Korea for a while now, supporting the Korean language. With the English release, Bixby will now recognize two languages – English and Korean. According to Samsung, not all accents, dialects and expressions will be recognized.
Samsung says Bixby is different than the existing AI products like Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana because of its intuitive way of doing things – and because of Bixby Lab which supports third party apps like Google Maps, Google Play Music, YouTube and Facebook. Samsung adds that it will expand to support additional languages, features and third party apps to get a wider reach.
Though there are over 10,000 functions available on the smartphone, the usage is less than five percent. The reason being, most of the users are not aware of all the features that are available on their phones and don’t know how to use them. Here, Bixby plays a significant role by helping the user to find what the user is looking for and navigate them through. Bixby’s many features include letting the user complete simple tasks like turning on the device’s flashlight and taking a screen shot or selfie. Other tasks include asking the assistant to gather all the photos taken last week into one album and later sharing it with family and friends.
Bixby’s many features include letting the user complete simple tasks like turning on the device’s flashlight and taking a screen shot or selfie. Other tasks include asking the assistant to gather all the photos taken last week into one album sharing it with family and friends at a later time.
Samsung said around 100,000 users of the two flagship devices are enrolled in the beta program and have issued over 4 million voice commands to Bixby.
Samsung reports that Bixby should get better with its deep learning capabilities – on its response time, its understanding of different phrases and its efforts at providing complete hands-free experience.
To encourage them, Samsung said, Bixby users will earn experience points (XPs) for every single use of Bixby on their device. The points earned until September 14 can be converted to Samsung Rewards points, which can be redeemed for Samsung products, gift cards and more.