Voice-Controlled Bixby, Samsung's Mobile AI, Is Now Available Globally

Voice-Controlled Bixby, Samsung's Mobile AI, Is Now Available Globally

The WSJ reported in July that Samsung was developing a voice-activated speaker powered by its digital assistant Bixby. Otherwise, it's also possible to set a wake-up command, such as "Hi Bixby". A smart speaker would certainly be one device that users could take advantage of, so it will be interesting to see what Samsung creates. In South Korea, Bixby has over 1.3 million users and has carried out more than 250 million tasks through voice commands.

The voice assistant is equivalent to Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant, but only supports two languages - US English and South Korean for now. Samsung had to admit that there was lacuna in the coordination between the 200-strong technical team based out of U.S. and the one back in South Korea.

This isn't the first we've heard about a potential Bixby-powered smart speaker.

"In the future, Bixby will have the learning power to offer more intelligent and personalized interactions and seamless connections across more devices", he added.

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In another news, at the Galaxy Note 8 launch event, Samsung's Mobile President, DJ Koh, confirmed that a smart speaker is in the works and should be out soon. He's shy on details, as is usually the case with teases like this, but he hints that Samsung might announce it "soon".

Samsung will look to try and claim some of the market that is already dominated by the likes of Google Home and the Amazon Echo.

Bixby was introduced with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus earlier this year but without voice recognition.

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