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Samsung finally launches Bixby voice commands in the US

Samsung finally launches Bixby voice commands in the US”

"Regarding questions such as time difference between NY and Los Angeles and capital of the USA, that are based on knowledge, we provide optimal answers by working with Google." said Samsung Electronics. Also Samsung will reward S8 users that access Bixby for help.

Bixby's voice capabilities have been available in the United States as part of an opt-in beta test, and Samsung says that feedback has led to faster response times, improved comprehension of varied phrasing around the same question, better hands-free operation, and more.

The beta version of Bixby was made available to the users in the U.S.in June.

To use Bixby in English, users need to update to the latest version of the software. Switching between voice, touch and text commands is a seamless experience on Bixby and this is something that sets it apart from other digital assistants. Samsung Music was also newly added to Bixby Labs which allows one to use Melon Service. Samsung's spokesperson says that "the lack of the accumulation of big data" is the cause behind Samsung's problem in porting Bixby to other languages.

AI teething issues might be the reason for Samsung to take a step back from Amazon's throne, especially seeing as Google and Apple are also fighting to be top of the pile, but Alphr thinks it's unlikely Samsung will retire its smart-speaker plans for good. "Samsung now does not view AI speakers as marketable, as the global market is already dominated by unbeatable Amazon and the Korean market is too small to make profits", a source told The Korean Herald.

It wasn't surprising that Bixby struggled to be capable with English, as it was coded by Samsung's Korean-speaking engineers.



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