The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have a lot going in their favor, and the same continues with the newly launched Galaxy Note 8 too. One of the highlights of the smartphones is the AI-powered Bixby Voice assistant. Compared to rivals like Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana, Samsung Bixby boasts some advanced capabilities. Here’s a look at list of voice commands, features, and everything you can control on your Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones with your voice.
Just like Google Now on Nexus and Pixel smartphones, Samsung’s voice assistant can be accessed by swiping from left to right on the home screen. Alternatively, you can also press the dedicated Bixby button. The interface looks similar to Google Now, where information from supported apps is presented in the form of cards. You get to see information from Samsung S Health app, weather, calendar events, Facebook notifications, Twitter trending, Music app, and more. However, the capabilities of using voice commands for different tasks sets Bixby apart from the competition.
How to activate Bixby Voice
Before we go ahead, it is important to note that Bixby voice is only compatible with English US and Korean languages. To turn on voice wake-up, press the Bixby button (below the volume rocker), and tap on the three dots on the top right, followed by tapping on settings. Now, under settings, you will find options to sign in with Samsung account, Home Cards and Voice. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: It’s glorious, but with some caveats
Under the Voice section, turn on Bixby Voice, and follow the setup. Once the setup is done, you can press and hold the dedicated button to speak, or summon the voice assistant by simply saying ‘Hi Bixby’ followed by the respective commands. It also works when your phone is locked, and for security purpose, you can also set a voice password. As the voice assistant is in its early stage, it does not support offline voice capabilities, and you’ll need to be connected to the internet for things to work. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 camera review: A closer look at the front and rear camera on the newest flagship out there
Bixby voice list of commands and what all you can do
Pretty much like Google Assistant, Siri and Cortana, you can ask Bixby about weather updates, set an alarm or reminders, send text message to recipients and more. You can also ask Bixby to do some mathematics calculations, distance of moon from earth, and more. But one area where the voice assistant excels the competition is the deeper level of integration that lets you perform complex tasks. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A combination of beauty, beast and near-perfection!
Bixby voice works with Samsung apps such as Contacts, Phone, Settings, Camera, Clock and more. It also works with third-party apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and more. To look for compatible apps, tap the button or swipe from left to right on homepage, followed by three dots on top-right, and then tap on My Bixby.
There are different sections, and you will find the compatible apps and commands under apps and services. You can then tap on these app icons which will show you all the voice action commands. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+: A closer look at Bixby AI assistant
Google Assistant on Pixel phones is capable of taking photos from the rear camera or selfies from the front camera. But the same doesn’t work on other Android smartphones with Google Assistant. On a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, you can say the hot word ‘Hi Bixby’ followed by ‘Click a selfie.’ It will open the camera app, switch to front or rear camera and click a photo in two seconds.
What’s interesting here is you can ask the voice assistant to change settings inside the camera app. With simple voice commands, you can ask Bixby to change the video resolution, turn stabilization on or off, turn the flash, HDR mode, motion photo and location tag on or off. You can also ask Bixby to apply filters, mask stickers and more. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7: Low-light camera performance compared
It can also send your upload your photo on social media or send it to a WhatsApp contact. Once the photo is captured, you can summon the voice assistant by saying ‘Hi Bixby’ followed by the command – “Upload my last photo on Facebook with caption Happy Birthday,” “Send my last photo to Sambit on WhatsApp,” or “Upload my last photo on Twitter with caption Bingo.”
Following these commands, it will open the gallery, select the last photo, open Facebook / WhatsApp or Twitter and attach it with the caption. You will then have to manually tap on send/post button or hold down the Bixby button and say send/post. I can even ask it to “Open WhatsApp / Facebook Messenger and show me messages from Nash David” and it is capable of doing that too.
What’s more, it can also download apps from the Play Store. Saying “Hi Bixby, download Instagram from Play Store” opens the Play Store, searches for Instagram, and starts the download. This is definitely not something that I have seen with other voice assistants. Other
Bixby Voice quick commands
Quick Commands are more like selecting a profile, something that was once common on feature phones. For instance, “Home” profile can have ringtone volume set at 50 percent, while vibration mode is turned off. In case of “Office” profile, it can mute all volumes, and turn on vibration mode, and so on.
With Bixby Voice quick commands, you can set different profiles along with tasks. For instance, you can say “Hi Bixby, Good Morning” and it can be programmed to turn on mobile data, turn off do not disturb mode and blue light filter, increase the brightness to 40 percent, increase ringtone volume to 80 percent and more.
Similarly, “Hi Bixby, Good Night” can be used to turn on blue light filter, do not disturb mode, put screen brightness to minimum, turn off all sounds, turn off mobile data and Wi-Fi and also put the phone into flight mode, all with just one voice command. And you can configure as many quick commands as you want, and even add different permutations and combinations to it.
I’ve been using Bixby Voice to perform different functions on my Galaxy S8 for the past three days, and I’m mightily impressed with its capabilities. It is not perfect, and offline support could have been better. But the kind of tricks it can do over other digital assistants is something that steals the show.
If you have tried out Samsung’s voice assistant on your Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ or Galaxy Note 8, do let us know what you feel in the comments section below. And if you don’t have any of the above phones, does it excite you to get one or have Bixby functionality on your smartphone?