The voice component for Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant initially launched only in Korea, and then in July, it was made available to US consumers. Samsung is now reporting that Bixby Voice is available in more than 200 different countries, but even while that may be true, Bixby Voice still has a long ways to go before it catches up with the Google Assistant.
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Since the announcement of Bixby at Samsung’s Galaxy S8 event in February, critics and consumers alike have had mixed feelings about the company’s new AI. There are some things that Bixby is good at, and then there are other areas where the assistant falls completely flat.
Bixby is made up of many different layers, but one of its most important is its voice component. Samsung just recently rolled out Bixby Voice features on the Galaxy S8/S8+ in the US following a delay, and according to a new report from ET News, Samsung is now supposedly working on Bixby-powered Bluetooth earbuds that won’t be all that different from Apple’s AirPods.
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Bixby Stories July 19
Today, several months after the Galaxy S8 and S8+ was debuted, Samsung finally released the full version of Bixby, which allows for voice interactions with the virtual assistant, in the United States. Along with it comes the ability to interact with some, but not all, of your favorite applications.
Currently, there are 13 third-party applications that work with Bixby. What others apps do you want to gain Bixby support?
In early July, a report said that Samsung was working on making a Bixby speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. As Samsung had not yet perfected Bixby Voice for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it didn’t seem very reasonable. Now a report coming out of South Korea claims that Samsung has decided not to produce a Bixby speaker, at least for now…
Here are the Android apps Bixby can interact with at launch
Bixby is heading to Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners today, but many still want to know exactly what they can do with it. While Bixby supports all the standard things you’d expect from a digital assistant, its biggest selling point is direct integration with the operating system and the various apps on your phone.