Samsung has announced today that Bixby voice capabilities are now available in more than 200 countries worldwide, including UK, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.
In May, Bixby became available in Korea, and last month in the United States. The company talked about their smart assistant a lot before the launch of Samsung Galaxy S8, but when the device finally hit the market, there was no voice assistant.
After months of waiting the voice assistant came to Korea and the US, and now in over 200 countries. It comes in a big moment for the company, just a day before the launch of their latest flagship, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
“In addition to South Korea and the United States, consumers in countries across the world, including the U.K., Australia, Canada and South Africa, will be able to utilize the intelligent interface to help them get things done faster and easier.”, Samsung said in a statement.
Many expected a lot from it, but still, this voice assistant is behind its rivals, such as Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant. Unlike the other voice assistants that can speak several languages, Samsung’s voice assistant is currently available in just two languages, U.S. English and Korean.
Bixby does speak English, but only U.S. English, so there is a chance it won’t understand your accent or expressions.
“Voice command recognizes English (US) and Korean. Not all accents, dialects and expressions recognized. Service ability may vary by country or carrier. Natural language understanding allows Bixby to continuously improve its ability to interpret regional dialects. But, since Bixby learns more frequently used command terms more quickly, it will take more time for Bixby to fully understand regional dialects that are used less frequently.”
It is now behind its rivals, but there is no doubt Samsung will continue with improvements in the future.
“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.”, Injong Rhee, executive vice president at Samsung Electronics said in a statement.
The Koran manufacturer said the voice assistant capabilities will expand to additional countries, devices, languages, and third-party apps. At the moment, this voice assistant is available for Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus only.
If you are using one of these devices and want to access Bixby’s voice capabilities, press the dedicated button or simply say “Hi Bixby”.