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Samsung Offers Preview of Bixby to Select Samsung S8 and S8+ Owners

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Published on : Jun 22, 2017

Lately, Samsung announced it will offer early access to artificial-intelligence-based voice-command technology, Bixby to its select Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners in the U.S. For this, Galaxy S8 or S8+ owners have to sign up for participating in the early preview test, which is expected to launch in the near future.

Bixby to Help in Completing Complex Tasks

The upcoming update of Bixby will allow users to navigate through services, apps, and settings of the phone with a mix of touch and voice commands. Samsung says that it has been designed to help in completing complex tasks across many apps, which makes it different from other voice-assisted services available in the market. To put this in perspective, with one command a user can tell Bixby to collect all the photos taken last week and put it in a new album and then share those photos with one’s connections. Bixby voice can be activated either by saying “Hi Bixby” or by holding the Bixby button down while talking, walkie-talkie style. 

Samsung Needs to Continuously Update Bixby before Widely Releasing

Bixby is at its nascent stage, very early Beta version. Samsung plans to update Bixby – including support for third-party apps, features, additional languages, and devices – before it is widely released. For now, it’s noticeably sluggish and less advanced compared to Google Assistant. For instance, Ask Bixby what time it is in some part of the world and it’ll respond by launching the clock app and then reading off the answer. Identifying the president of the US, while being a simple task for its contemporaries such as Google Assistant or Siri, seems to be a big challenge for Bixby. For this, it will resort to Google search.