Bix­by Voice Capa­bil­i­ties Go Glob­al: Now Avail­able in Over 200 Countries


Samsung’s celebrated in-house AI-powered smart assistant, Bixby, which after delays received the ability to respond to commands in English last month has now been rolled out worldwide.

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Bixby voice capabilities are now available in English and Korean. The English voice command capability was launched last month in USA and now is being rolled out to a wider audience globally.

Now Samsung S8 and S8+ device owners in over 200 countries including UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa will be able to utilize the power of Bixby’s voice commands — ask questions or make requests.

Now, the Bixby button has a reason to exist on the S8 and S8+

“Now millions of customers worldwide have access to a new and intelligent way of interacting with their phone,” said Injong Rhee, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Software and Services of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

Bixby is designed to understand cross-application commands. For example, if you take a photo and ask Bixby to ‘send the picture to Mom’, it will know which image you’re referring to and will text it to the designated contact number.

Similar to other smart assistants on mobile offered by Google and Apple, Bixby integrates machine learning and so it becomes better with time at understanding your preferences and recurring commands.

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“The expansion of Bixby’s voice capabilities is an initial step in the continued rollout of Bixby functionality. In the future, Bixby will have the learning power to offer more intelligent and personalized interactions and seamless connections across more devices,” he added.

After an application become Bixby-enabled, the smart assistant will be able to support almost every task that can be performed by the application using voice, touch or text.

Samsung has plans to expand Bixby’s voice capabilities further by adding more languages, countries, devices, features, and support for third-party applications.

The company will be rolling out an OTA (Over the air) update globally which will enable the voice capabilities of Bixby on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices worldwide.

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