Samsung has just announced that it has started rolling out Bixby Voice capabilities in US English. Bixby consists of four main aspects: Hello Bixby, Bixby Reminders, Bixby Vision, and Bixby Voice. All the Galaxy S8 and S8+ users in the US and South Korea who speak US English will now be able to use Bixby Voice to get various things done just by voice commands. It can be activated after the latest app update using the dedication button on the left side of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+.
Bixby, Samsung’s AI-powered digital assistant, was unveiled along with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ earlier this year. The AI-powered assistant’s voice capabilities were supposed to be rolled out in the US with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it was delayed by more than three months. Last month, Samsung started a beta program to test Bixby Voice in the US, and it is now available for everyone in the country. Bixby Voice was rolled out in South Korea in May.
It understands natural language, so you can use everyday speech for voice commands. Samsung claims that everything that can be accomplished by touching a phone’s display can be done through voice commands using Bixby Voice. Apart from all the stock apps on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Bixby also works with a few third-party apps, including Facebook, Google Maps, Google Play Music, and YouTube. Samsung plans to work with more third-party app developers to integrate Bixby Voice features into their apps.
Injong Rhee, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Software and Services of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, said, “At Samsung, we are dedicated to creating the best possible user experience for our customers. That’s why we designed Bixby – it’s an intelligent interface that allows you to do more things with your phone. We want to offer a truly multimodal experience, so that users can interact with their phone in many different ways – through sight, touch, typing or voice – all of the most natural ways to interact with the world, available on your smartphone.”
Since Bixby Voice is deeply integrated into the operating system, it can be used to perform multi-step as well as cross-app actions. The digital assistant improves over time, thanks to deep learning technology. It can be used to perform things as simple as turning on the flash light and as complex as finding all the images of food clicked last week and email it to multiple contacts without ever touching the display. Here are a few official videos that show some of the most important features of Bixby.