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Bixby Voice

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Bixby Voice is an AI-based voice assistant created by Samsung for their mobile devices and adds voice control for Samsung’s digital assistant, Bixby.

Like other voice assistants, Bixby performs tasks a personal assistant might perform for a client. Such tasks could include:

  • Listening to an audiobook.
  • Requesting information, similarly to inputting a search query.
  • Making reservations.
  • Adding items to a shopping list.
  • Performing mathematical calculations.  
  • Playing music.

Voice assistants like Bixby are built on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and voice recognition technology. As the end user interacts with the digital assistant, the AI programming uses sophisticated algorithms to learn from data input and better itself at predicting the user's needs. Bixby, like other advanced voice assistants, is built with more advanced cognitive computing technologies which will allow it to understand and carry out multi-step requests with numerous interactions and perform more complex tasks such as selecting and booking seats at a theater.

Bixby uses natural language understanding (NLU) to interpret voice and text as well as using touch input. Bixby is activated by a voice command (“Hi Bixby”) or by holding down the side button below volume control. The assistant then intelligently listens to user commands for tasks, questions, device control and more. Bixby also understands apps and their controls and can run in the background of another app. These extra abilities mean the assistant is able to also operate app functions such as changing the pen color in a drawing app for the Galaxy Note.

Bixby rolled out to over 200 countries on Galaxy S8 and S8 plus in March 2017. Samsung continues to work on the number of compatible apps and languages. The company sees Bixby as a rising competitor for the likes of Apple's  Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Now, Google Assistant and Microsoft’ s Cortana.

This was last updated in November 2017

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