All Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners residing in the United States will now be able to control Bixby using their voice. If you recall, Bixby arrived with much fanfare in lieu with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Since then, there has been a tremendous curiosity in the air with regards to its working. Voice assistance is one of the important factors of Bixby, and in spite of that, the digital assistant was announced without it. Although it was later rolled out in South Korea, the feature was missing in the United States until now.
Voice assistance lets users turn on/off the flashlight, take a screenshot, or capture a selfie. Furthermore, it can also create photo albums sharing them across. The company has assured the digital assistant will go on to support additional languages, features, third-party apps and devices in the future. Recently, Samsung introduced a Bixby-enabled Galaxy A7 (2017) in its home country.
Voice assistance will first support various third-party apps like Google Maps, Google Play Music, YouTube, and Facebook. Their actual working remains to be seen, though. Voice assistance activates by pressing a button dedicated to Bixby. It will start updating the software, and once the process completes, users will need to hold the button or say “Hi, Bixby” to activate the feature.
“There are over 10,000 functions on our smartphones, but each day, people may use less than five percent of them. The features on your phone are only useful if you know how to find them. Our goal with Bixby is to make it easier to use our phones, creating the best possible user experience for our customers. That’s why we created Bixby – an intuitive new way to do more things with your phone,” said Samsung in a statement.
Samsung assistant is yet to receive support for the English language, and Samsung is likely to delay it further due to the “lack of the accumulation of big data.” Samsung is also said to start mass producing Bixby-enabled speaker codenamed ‘Vega.’ It will integrate the digital assistant to compete with the likes of Google Home, Amazo Echo, and Apple Homepod.