The Galaxy S8 launched earlier this year featuring Samsung’s new assistant, Bixby, replacing the S Voice app that has been present on previous Galaxy S handsets. While Samsung made a pretty big deal out of Bixby at the launch event, the truth is that the virtual assistant launched incomplete and the voice component of the app only became available on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in the US last month. Now, Bixby Voice is rolling out to pretty much everywhere in the world, so long as you speak English and own a Galaxy S8.
So, even though Bixby Voice is now available in more than 200 countries, it’s only accessible in U.S. English, or Korean, although Samsung is said to be working on adding support for other languages and 3rd-party apps in the future. Basically, for the moment at least, Bixby has become available to a ton of people who can’t use it.
Injong Rhee, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Software and Services of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics said “The expansion of Bixby’s voice capabilities is an initial step in the continued rollout of Bixby functionality. In the future, Bixby will have the learning power to offer more intelligent and personalized interactions and seamless connections across more devices.”
So, what can you do with Bixby Voice? Well, as you might expect, you can create custom voice short cuts to turn off the lights, send the last photo you took to your loved one, grocery list reminders or even search your handset for MP3 files. You can check out other ways to use Bixby Voice here.
Besides being available on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Bixby Voice will also be available on the Galaxy Note 8 that is being announced tomorrow.
I’ve been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being my first phablet. I currently carry around a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, I’m an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, I love a good Braai (BBQ).