Samsung Confirms Bixby Global Release is Today

Joanna Estrada
August 22, 2017

Bixby launched on every Galaxy S8 and S8+ earlier this year in a limited capacity, its full potential limited by the lack of voice capabilities that it demoed alongside the phone in March.

Samsung has announced that Bixby Voice, the company's voice-controlled digital assistant, is now available for Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones in 200 countries - including the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa.

Samsung said in the immediate future, beyond more device support, it will work on new languages, features and integrations with third-party apps.

Unlike competitors Siri, who speaks 21 languages, and Microsoft's Cortana, which speaks eight, Bixby is available in only two languages: U.S. English and Korean.

Starting today, Galaxy S8 and S8+ users can enable Bixbys voice capabilities by pressing the Bixby button to begin onboarding.

Samsung has also added that, this new Assistant will itself improves its understanding over different languages making it more easier and offers a complete intuitive User Interface on any smartphone that you are using. At this stage you need to access Bixby by either pushing the (up until now useless) Bixby button on the side of your phone - a long press - or by saying "Hi Bixby". We suspect if Samsung's past launch habits are anything to go by it will remain an exclusive to South Korea at first, before perhaps being expaned to China, Taiwan, and India at most. Bixby will understand which photo you're referring to, and will be able to pick Ben out from your contacts list.

There's tremendous excitement surrounding the New York Unpacking event of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tomorrow, August 23.

Samsung's voice assistant can assist a user with taking a selfie and organizing photos.

The voice assistant has been released in United Kingdom and Australia as well. Just command through this app with your voice. Service ability may vary by country or carrier. The launch date was confirmed by Samsung through its posts on various social networking website such as Facebook and Twitter. Bixby also understands cross-application commands, and developers can include support in their software.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article