Samsung Electronics recently announced that Bixby’s voice capabilities have expanded to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. This makes it possible for phone owners with Bixby capabilities to interact with their device through voice commands. Previously, only users in South Korea and the United States had the voice capabilities activated but now, consumers in countries across the world including the U.K., Australia, Canada, South Africa, and Philippines, can start using Bixby and take advantage of its intelligent interface. Bixby is currently available in English and Korean, but Samsung plans to continue expanding Bixby’s voice capabilities to additional countries, languages, devices, features and third-party applications.
Bixby is not a standalone app but an interface embedded in the operating system. It enables apps to get interconnected, providing the user with the ability to give commands where multiple apps are involved. When an application becomes Bixby-enabled, Bixby can support tasks that said application is capable of performing. Bixby uses voice, touch or text commands. Because Bixby is embedded in the system, commands for changing settings are also possible.
Bixby is clearly Samsung’s version of an intelligent interface comparable to Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana. Whether or not it is better than the other intelligent interfaces remains to be seen though.
For now, Bixby is available on Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones but it will soon be available in the Galaxy note 8 and other upcoming flagship launches. Bixby’s voice capabilities can be activated by pressing the Bixby button on the phone or by saying “Hi, Bixby.”