Now you can talk to Bixby to get things done.
The digital assistant was announced alongside the Galaxy S8 back in March; however, Bixby’s voice capabilities didn’t ship with the phone. Samsung released Bixby on the Galaxy S8 in a basic form. Initially it acted only as an all-in-one hub for your life. Things like the weather, events, reminders, and trending topics are shown in a single feed. But that’s no really the feature people are begging for from a digital assistant. True person-to-assistant communication is what makes Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri so appealing.
Today marks the arrival of Bixby’s biggest update.
Voice capabilities are live on Samsung’s digital assistant, meaning you can talk to Bixby to complete actions. You can tell Bixby to turn on the flashlight, take a screenshot, create a photo album, and more. And, although several in-house apps are supported, third-party apps can opt-in to let you run the show with your voice through Bixby.
Here’s how Samsung describes Bixby now:
- Bixby hears you. Bixby is designed to assist you in completing tasks no matter how you describe them because Bixby will work with you to understand and find the answer or get the task done. Bixby can learn about you and your routine. Using deep learning, Bixby will also improve over time to recognize the different preferences and ways of speaking of a user.
- Bixby helps you. Bixby is fully integrated into native apps and will be integrated into select third-party apps, and makes it easier to find and use their best features. And with Bixby, you can navigate your phone how you like—with voice, touch, or by switching seamlessly between the two.
- Bixby handles it for you. Bixby completes multi-app, complex requests—like grouping pictures from your latest vacation, and sending them to your friends. And if Bixby doesn’t understand a step, it will complete as much of the task as possible, rather than not even starting.
Activating Bixby on your phone isn’t difficult. For its 2017 flagship, Samsung created a dedicated button to allow the smallest barrier possible between you and the digital assistant. Just press the button located along the left side of the phone and Bixby will appear on the display. A quick update will occur and the voice capabilities are present.
Once voice capabilities are set on your phone, you can also call upon Bixby by saying “Hi, Bixby.”