After much delay and a pre-release early beta program, Bixby has finally come to full-scale, as expected. The virtual assistant technology that was introduced by Samsung at Unpacked 2017 back in early March now entails all the features including ‘Bixby Voice.’ Only Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones can run the platform, and only those in South Korea and the United States will see the update that just arrived. Samsung has said that it will expand Bixby Voice compatibility soon, and additional countries and languages are expected to be supported some time down the line.
Though we didn’t get a full launch in time for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ shipments due to software issues and a lack of resources, the arrival of Bixby Voice now is better than never, and many were beginning to doubt the AI assistant. Once we get Bixby running on our Galaxy S8+, we’ll take it for a spin and compare it to rivals including Amazon Alexa, now present on HTC U 11, Microsoft’s Cortana, Apple’s Siri, and of course, the Google Assistant. It’ll be interesting to see how Bixby stacks up now that we have the full experience that showcases all its powers.
To get the update on your Galaxy S8 model, hit the Bixby dedicated hardware key on the side of your phone. The update process should initiate almost immediately, giving you access to all the added voice controls. Bixby Voice is available on unlocked models as well as those on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular. Owners can learn more about Bixby here and here, or down below in the excerpt and tutorial videos provided to us by Samsung. More can be absorbed at the source link near the bottom of this post. Be sure to drop a comment letting us know your first impressions of Bixby Voice once you’ve had time to sit down a play around with it.
Bixby is a smarter way to use your Samsung smartphone and helps you get more done.
- Bixby hears you. Bixby is designed to assist you in completing tasks no matter how you describe them because Bixby will work with you to understand and find the answer or get the task done. Bixby can learn about you and your routine. Using deep learning, Bixby will also improve over time to recognize the different preferences and ways of speaking of a user.
- Bixby helps you. Bixby is fully integrated into native apps and will be integrated into select third-party apps, and makes it easier to find and use their best features. And with Bixby, you can navigate your phone how you like—with voice, touch, or by switching seamlessly between the two.
- Bixby handles it for you. Bixby completes multi-app, complex requests—like grouping pictures from your latest vacation, and sending them to your friends. And if Bixby doesn’t understand a step, it will complete as much of the task as possible, rather than not even starting.
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