English-speaking Bixby finally launches in the US

English-speaking Bixby finally launches in the US
Samsung showed off its stunning Galaxy S8 flagship devices at the end of March this year, when it also unveiled the Bixby AI voice assistant for the first time. However, up until recently, Bixby could only speak Korean and its release in the US was delayed, allegedly due to lack of language resources. Samsung did launch a Bixby Early Access Program in the US last month that gave Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners a preview of some of the software’s features, but not to the full thing.

Nonetheless, Sammy announced today that Bixby in US English is now available on S8 devices in the US and South Korea. In order to start using it, users would first need to update the software to its latest version, and then use the dedicated Bixby button on the side, or simply say “Hi Bixby” to launch the assistant.

Bixby is intended to be more than a “do-this-or-that” tool and is capable of learning and understanding your behaviour and preferences. Samsung is particularly proud of Bixby’s ability to easily switch between voice, touch or text commands, and has claimed this ability as a competitive edge over other contemporary mobile voice assistants.

Bixby is deeply integrated into Samsung’s core apps and is capable of fulfilling multi-step or cross-app commands. Support for third-party apps is still not as rich as Sammy intends it to be, but the Korean company has assured us that Bixby Labs is on track to integrate the software with more apps. The thing with Bixby is that once it has gotten to ‘know’ an app, it is able to work with different features and aspects of that app, and not just a few of its core functions.

The company has already launched a coupe of handsets that work with Bixby, such as the Galaxy A7 (2017) and the Note Fan Edition, but only the S8 lineup officially supports the AI on US soil. Nonetheless, at present, you could get Bixby on older devices that run on Android Nougat, but you would need to follow certain steps first.

In any case, Samsung’s announcement today explicitly states that Bixby will indeed ‘learn’ more languages and will come to more devices in the future, so we should just sit back and wait.


source: Samsung

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43 Comments

1. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

bwahahaha can't een speak English so low for samsung smh

2. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Irony?

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao, very true

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

teeedddddddd, click the link and read OUTLOUD comment number six for the class. That will help everyone understand Bixby's place in the AI universe better. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Developers-find-workaround-to-allow-Samsung-Galaxy-S8-users-to-remap-Bixby-button-again_id95926

22. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Tarrrrrd. Read it yourself, including the context of the conversation. Then very someone with better reading comprehension to explain it to you. Maybe a six year old nearby.

27. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

"Bixby quality is irrelevant. Many people simply don't use any assistant." Go back and read the entire thread teddy, the context is obvious, no matter how much it pains you to have you words thrown back at you.

32. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Far more functional than Siri so there's that...

35. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You're using that tired line on every article. Bixby is nothing but a glorified assistant that does tasks that can be done for the most part faster by just doing them by hand, bot to mention Bixby can't handle queries like Siri or Google. In fact Bixby needs Google AI.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes. You can input any request by hand and yes they can be quicker. But suppose you don't have hands? Suppose you are driving? Suppose you are carrying heavy items? Funny you never said such about your Siri-Gogdy-iPhone-Garbage! I say the same for all. All voice assitants are stupid and pointless overall, because of the fact of what you said which I also have said. You can get the results by other means that can be faster. But I've never seen you downplay Siri for the same, which makes you a hypocrite. Even though you just stated you can do in other ways, you still try to claim Siri is better. "Better" is perception. Siri is older. The older the berry the sweeter the juice! Older isn't always "better". If you like Siri or Google, just like them an be happy with them...or don't be. But knocking someone else's choice, is stupid!

43. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

"But knocking someone else's choice, is stupid!" Thats the pot calling the kettle black. You knock other ppls choice all the time, especially if their choice is Apple. So you saying that is totally hypocritical, not that I'm surprised tho coming from you. I could care less what phone anyone chooses, as everyone is free to their own opinion on whats best for them. What i can't stand is total hypocrites.

7. nikhil23

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

lmaoo

4. kevv2288

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I've had bixby since the early access came out, just got another update yesterday to the official build. There is now an option for a male voice as well as female in English.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can't wait to get home and set it up.

8. nikhil23

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I've been playing with it. Looks cool

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Participated in the beta.. Bixby is legit...

10. drazwy

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

In Beta as well. It constantly thinks it hears Hi Bixby and opens up. Sitting and watching TV at night, it will open maybe 7-10 times in an evening. It's really annoying.

12. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The quality of Bixby is irrelevant. If you don't believe me, just ask tedkord. No wait, I'll do you one better than that, Just click on the link and read comment number six; https://www.phonearena.com/news/Developers-find-workaround-to-allow-Samsung-Galaxy-S8-users-to-remap-Bixby-button-again_id95926

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder just how irritating your girlfriend would find you, if you had one.

17. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Are you and ted really so joined at the hip that when he gets butthurt you feel it too?

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, I just tell you're an irritating, bothersome idiot in general life. All you do is come here, and try your best to be a bother. That's a direct reflection of the person you actually are. As you were.

19. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You're just sore because your bro ted got caught lying and he can't get himself out of it, that's why he's avoiding me. You might feel good being a jacked up wannabe athlete and wannabe YouTuber with that failed channel that even you're embarrassed of, but you're a sad joke. Deep inside you know I'm right. But you carry on being a fool.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, that's the person you actually are lol. You tried too hard lol.

26. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Stop trying to impress me son, it's not working.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The problem is you're not intelligent enough to read a conversation and understand it in context. The discussion was about remapping of the Bixby button. Someone said that if Bixby were a superior product, people wouldn't want to remove the button. I said that was irrelevant to most people, because most people don't use the assistants. Seriously ,you should stay out of adult conversations. You and Trump.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He's trying so hard to be an ass thorn. Just trying to bother whoever he can, so he gets attention. I'm sure he's such a stud muffin, ladies man I general life.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ladies man? I'd bet even his own mother hates him. Mostly because he's always been such an embarrassment.

33. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I'm guessing your son ain't too proud of you, what with you being a liar and a double talking fool. I hope the kid doesn't end up like you, hopefully he'll find a good male role model.

34. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You obviously like getting attention from me because you keep coming for more. Guess your wife doesn't do it for ya anymore, huh?

25. apple-rulz

Posts: 2113; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So sorry ted, but you actually said "Bixby quality is irrelevant". The link is right there, read it for yourself. You can't lie yourself out of this one.

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