Samsung may release long awaited Bixby update on 22 August

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 22, 2017

The digital voice assistant Bixby has also been mounted on the Galaxy S8 series to allow users to check their account and make wire transfers on voice command.

As previously reported by The Verge, the South Korean electronics company's answer to Siri and Google Assistant is becoming available in Australia, Canada, South Africa, and hundreds of other countries - following its July launch in the US and South Korea.

However, there remain key issues, including the fact that the service only understands U.S. English and Korean despite now being available in over 200 countries.

We have heard from some of the reliable sources that, Samsung has now pulled the server side button for initiating the Bixby Voice Global launch.

Samsung says Bixby uses natural language understanding and machine learning to understand speech and improve over time, recognising personal preferences and ways of speaking.

To begin with, Bixby will be integrated mainly into Samsung's own services, although a handful of third-party apps including Google Maps, Google Play Music, YouTube and Facebook will be supported from the get-go. The leak, which was earlier reported on by SamMobile, comes from Korea, where some promotional material points to the possibility of the high-capacity Galaxy Note 8 hitting store shelves. Indeed, Samsung has watered down the original hyperbole regarding Bixby.

For the unaware, Bixby is effectively a reboot of the S Voice assistant app that launched back in 2012 with the Galaxy S3.

Bixby is a virtual assistant similar to Apple's Siri and Google's Ok Google.

It means that Bixby Voice will be available in countries including the UK, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. Not all accents, dialects and expressions recognized.

Samsung's Injong Rhee said: "Now millions of customers worldwide have access to a new and intelligent way of interacting with their phone". The improvements will extend to other languages as well - but for now, not English (AU).

Bixby's approach to voice commands includes the ability for what it calls "quick commands", which are essentially pre-set sequences of commands for multiple applications to run at once.

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