Samsung announces Bixby, promises to revolutionize phone interaction

The field of personal digital assistants is only getting more crowded, with Samsung's new entry Bixby joining the fray.

The company claims that Bixby will be able to control virtually any task that a Bixby-enabled app is capable of, meaning that anything you can do with your fingers, you should be able to do with your voice.

Also, as Bixby has cognitive tolerance, you won't have to memorize specific phrases. As Bixby is a latecomer to the global digital assistant race, there are not many applications linked to it compared to other voice assistants such as Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple's Siri that are able to work with numerous applications.

A key quality of the new assistant, as outlined in the blog, is that it can understand even incomplete phrases and saves the user the bother of having to use the exact phrase.

A telecom official told the publication that "A new button has been added on the left side of the device".

Bixby will also be context-aware, which it needs to be to compete against the current crop of virtual assistants like Google Assistant.

The Galaxy S8, which will be unveiled at the end of the month in NY, will have a "subset" of preinstalled apps that can be completely controlled via Bixby.

More information about Bixby looks set to be divulged when it is launched alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus on 29 March. But Bixby will save all the work with just a single voice command. "Everything you can do with a touch command, you can do with a voice command when using a Bixby-enabled application", Rhee told the Verge. Samsung said - "In the future, you would be able to control your air conditioner or TV through Bixby".

Samsung on Monday unveiled what's probably going to be one of the Galaxy S8's most important new features, the Bixby assistant. The company is also planning to release an SDK to third-party developers to further expand the assistant's capabilities.

"Since Bixby will be implemented in the cloud, if a device has an internet connection and simple circuitry to receive voice inputs, it can connect with Bixby", the company said.

Bixby will definitely make our lives easier because we only need to say a few words for it to start and do some tasks.

  • Carolyn Briggs