Bixby Voice might finally be getting a worldwide release soon

Bixby Voice might finally be getting a worldwide release soon
Bixby, Samsung's not-so-new-anymore virtual assistant, has had a recent past that can only be described as "rocky." Back when it was launched, it came without voice recognition capabilities. Those were later added in via an update, but only in South Korea — U.S. users had to wait for more than a month after that, and the end result of that wait had its fair share of problems.

And what's worse, the U.S. and Korea are still the only two countries where the assistant is officially available, meaning users in countries like the U.K. have no access to the service despite, you know, knowing how to speak English. But we now have a piece of good news for all the people out there who don't appreciate having a nearly useless physical button on their device: Bixby Voice may be getting a global release soon.

The news comes from a fairly obscure source: the changelog for the latest version of Samsung's Contacts app. The only item mentioned there reads: "Bixby English global launching," which can only be interpreted in two different ways: either the rest of the world will soon be able to enjoy the wonders of Samsung's new virtual assistant, or whoever wrote the changelog had no idea what they were doing.

But if this turns out to be true, however, it remains to be seen how well Bixby will handle accents different from the ones found in the U.S. — if past experience has taught us anything, we should expect to start seeing a fair amount of hilarious miscommunication videos like this classic. And as for languages other than Korean and English, we wouldn't hold our breath, even if Samsung's S Voice already supports six additional ones.

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9 Comments

1. thetruthhasbeenspoken

Posts: 81; Member since: May 02, 2017

Just let Bixby go Samsung and call it a day.

2. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

What, it's already so good being a first gen product. It no way beneficial for consumers if Samsung lets it go.

4. Panzer

Posts: 279; Member since: May 13, 2016

Oh I forgot Siri and Google Now ( Assistant) worked perfectly when they were released.

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Just in time for my Note 8.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bixby is already the most versatile asst, it's only going to get better from here. Bring on my Note 8. The things it can do is just sick.

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Dark I really don't use voice Asst that much on my device but when I do I always turn to Google Now as it really good ( try Cortana S-Voice Siri < Not bad > ). But How is Bixby? I mean in your using of it are you able to carry a conversation? Hows performance ( is it quick)? and how does it compare to Google Now? With the IoT coming I understand why Samsung is pushing it since it will be on Samsung dishwashers stoves refrigerators, Tvs etc..

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You can carry a convo like with Google asst, but it can do more of the physical interaction stuff. For instance, I can tell it to turn on or off, high accuracy location. It's awesome for interacting with things, that aren't on your hone screens, and stuff buried deep in settings. I can even have it add filters to pictures in stuff. The potential is great for it. It's quick sometimes, and sometimes it takes a couple secs honestly. Speed will come with updates. I like it more than Google asst, cause it's quite a bit more functional.

9. AntiDote

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 2017

This is always frustrating. Why did america get it before us in the UK? America has far more different regional accents than Britain plus UK English is generally easier to understand especially for AI.

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