Samsung Bixby voice feature expands to 200 countries
Aug 24, 2017, 02:23
Bixby is Samsung's answer to Amazon Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. The Journal said the speaker, code-named Vega, has been in the works for more than a year but many features and specifications are still being decided. He also confirmed the product would launch "soon".
Confirmation of a smart speaker by Samsung follows months of speculation on the matter, beginning in May when Samsung filed a design patent with the USA government for an audio device with a visual display.
CNBC reports the device is under active development, with DJ Koh stating, "Maybe soon we will announce it". It's a major win for Bixby, as the assistant has suffered from multiple delays and a lack of integrations lately.
Now the electronics giant is rolling Bixby out to new regions including the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa.
Samsung plans to continue expanding Bixby's voice capabilities to additional countries, languages, devices, features and third-party applications.
Bixby has a few great features but perhaps the most interesting is that it is contextually aware.
He adds that in the interest of providing a "fruitful user experience at home" with the company's devices, he'll be "moving quite heavily on it".
Aside from Samsung apps and system settings, Bixby is also compatible with the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Uber and Google Play Music. It's pretty much a safe bet, though one can never assume. Samsung mobile's CTO previously said it will expand availability of the virtual assistant to other devices at a later date. So why not a smart speaker?
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