The long-awaited Bixby’s — Samsung’s in-house personal assistant — voice capabilities are finally making their way to India on the Galaxy Note8, S8, and S8+ devices that were released earlier this year.
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Samsung’s flagship devices for the year — Galaxy S8 and S8+ — were released earlier this year with a dedicated hardware button but only feature voice capabilities for Korean.
The support for English was released earlier this year in the USA and then Samsung began a wider rollout of the voice capabilities around the globe last month before the launch of Galaxy Note8.
The company announced that Samsung S8 and S8+ device owners in over 200 countries starting with UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa. Following the update, users will be able to utilize the power of Bixby’s voice commands — ask questions or make requests.
The voice capabilities are now being simultaneously rolled out for Note8 devices around the world. Bixby’s voice is 47MB in size in India and will now allow the smart assistant to respond to both voice-based and written commands.
“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,” said Injong Rhee, Executive VP and Head of R&D, Software and Services of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics when Bixby’s global rollout started.
Bixby is designed to understand cross-application commands. For example, if you take a photo and ask the assistant to ‘send the picture to Mom’, it will know which image you’re referring to and will text it to the designated contact number.