Samsung to open Bixby for third-party apps later this week, hoping to catch up with its competitors

Samsung to open Bixby for third-party apps later this week, hoping to catch up with its competitors
In the world of voice assistants there are three dominant players: Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. Somewhere far behind is Samsung’s Bixby, an assistant more popular for its annoying appearances thanks to the dedicated buttons on Galaxy phones, rather than its functionality. According to the Wall Street Journal, Bixby is now ready to receive a big boost that will bring it closer to its competitors.

The improvements will come from third-party developers after Samsung finally allows them to integrate Bixby into their apps. Samsung is calling the functionality “capsules” and it will work similar to Siri’s “shortcuts”, Alexa’s “skills” and Google Assistant’s “actions”. The “capsules” will allow developers to tie different functions of their apps to phrases that Bixby can recognize and use as a trigger. For example, if you’re using a fitness tracker, you can just ask Bixby “How many calories have I burned today?” and it will reply to you with the appropriate number from the app that you’re using.

Samsung’s promise to open Bixby for developers is expected to come true this week at the company’s Developer Conference in San Francisco, starting November 7. The move might be foreshadowing the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Home smart speaker that was revealed earlier this year. Samsung will likely want to give developers the opportunity to integrate Bixby before releasing the speaker for sale.

Samsung has big ambitions for its voice assistant but so far has failed to deliver a product that people want to use. However, with the increasing number of Internet-of-things devices and smart appliances, many of which made by Samsung, there’s potential for Bixby to do even more than its fellow voice assistants.

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6 Comments

1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Wow, siri against bixby and homepod vs samsung home speaker. Samsung now is the premium of Android.

2. Yasir_Zeb

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 05, 2018

That is a good decision by Samsung Indeed

3. Fred3

Posts: 583; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I hope their camera becomes better than Googles. Their OS was alot smmove this year which i'm glad they fixed. Samsung and huawei are what Android should be. Google is too busy trying to be like Apple

4. uberzero

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 07, 2018

" an assistant more popular for its annoying appearances thanks to the dedicated buttons on Galaxy phones, rather than its functionality. " Ever used walkie-talkie? Guess not. What kind of journalism is that? " Samsung’s promise to open Bixby for developers is expected to come true this week at the company’s Developer Conference in San Francisco, starting November 7. " Samsung is expanding access now the Bixby API is mature enough for third parties. Speaking of the latter, have you forgotten Uber, The Score, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Gmail, WhatsApp, tumblr among them? "Samsung has big ambitions for its voice assistant but so far has failed to deliver a product that people want to use." Samsung Smartphones and appliances including TV already use Bixby. I'm writing as the owner of Samsung Galaxy s9 plus pointing out how rubbish the so called article is without doing a proper research.

5. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

If this was just an option we could enable I'd be happy. But the way they push Bixby and create a button that no one uses, and that we can't remap. I'd rather Bixby just die already. I hope it fails so i can stop paying for a button that just gets in the way. It might be great for blind people, but 99% of us don't want it. Who knows what their privacy policy is on the 3rd party use of spoken information? Or how even Samsung uses it for that matter?

6. Yasir_Zeb

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 05, 2018

This is going to be something like Apple IOS software and Android, despite being superior software Apple's IOS remained in America and Android is all over the world. Great decision by Samsung. Samsung's foldable W2019 also has Bixby support

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