Samsung has released a preview version of Bixby Voice. With the preview release of Bixby Voice, users of the Samsung Galaxy S8 can get a first impression of what the voice-activated assistant can do. Bixby Voice is still in early access, and is only available in the United States.
Bixby Voice Early Access
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus owners in the United States of America can start using the preview version of Bixby Voice. To get the preview version of Bixby Voice, you will have to sign up for the Bixby Early Access Program. By signing up, you gain access to the preview version of Bixby Voice, which is the voice-activated virtual assistant for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The preview version shows what the virtual assistant is capable of.
At the moment, Bixby Voice can only be used to control some of the Samsung apps that are installed on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus by default. Adjusting some settings is also a feature that is already available. For example, you can use Bixby Voice to turn off your Wi-Fi connection, or to adjust the volume on your Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. You can also ask Bixby to make photos, call someone, or ask it to open up the Calculator app for you.
Samsung claims that Bixby is capable of doing anything that you can normally do with your touchscreen smartphone. In theory, this means that your Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus can be used completely hands-free. Before this can happen, developers of third-part apps need to start supporting Bixby. It does seem like Samsung is working hard on getting this support from third-party developers. In the Labs section of Bixby, you can find some commands that can be used with apps such as Instagram, Facebook and Uber, among others.
Next to that, Bixby also has several menus that encourage the use of the virtual assistant. If you want to help improve Bixby, you can have conversations with it. Doing so will improve its vocabulary, and will make it better understand different dialects. Your personal profile shows how often you have spoken with Bixby. It also allows you to indicate when an answer was not correct, or was undesirable. It almost seems like Samsung is trying to make a game out of it, as they have implemented a “level” system. Your personal level increases the more you interact with Bixby. Samsung is trying to make it competitive so people will use Bixby.
Bixby was presented as an important part of the Galaxy S8, when the device was launched. However, the voice assistant was not ready for release yet. After a few months of the official Galaxy S8 release, Samsung is experimenting with a preliminary Bixby release. It is unclear when Bixby will become available in other countries, outside of the United States. Bixby only supports English and South Korean as languages, at the moment. Samsung hasn’t released any plans or announcements about adding more languages, or releasing the preview version in other countries.
Fake “Bixby” Apps
Be aware of fake Bixby apps in circulation. There are several apps on Google Play Store that try to look like they are the official Bixby apps. Most of those apps have very low ratings, and very negative comments, as they should have. You shouldn’t download any apps that have the name “Bixby” in their title, as they are fake. Samsung hasn’t released Bixby, or any Bixby related apps on Google Play Store yet. If you are in the United States, and you own a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus, simply join the Bixby Early Access Program to get the preview version.