Samsung's Bixby voice assistant tipped to launch on July 18: Report

The much awaited Samsung Bixby voice control feature could finally arrive next week.

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Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 earlier this year in global markets along with Bixby digital assistant. Samsung Bixby, the much-talked about a feature on the flagship smartphone also comes with voice-assistance support. The voice support on Bixby has been limited to South Korean markets only and now a recent report reveals a specific launch date for global markets.

To extend the voice control on Bixby to other markets, Samsung has been working on it before and after the Galaxy S8 launched. However, Samsung has not been able to enable the voice control on the assistive feature in the US or in other markets. Now, according to a Reddit user who supposedly got hold of Samsung’s internal discussions, tips that the Bixby’s voice control will be enabled on Tuesday, July 18. The tipster posted a screenshot which also reveals that the South Korean company will be hosting an online seminar for Samsung executives to train with Bixby.

As per reports in past, the company has been facing challenges and thus subsequent delays. Once introduced in global markets, Bixby will allow users perform tasks on their smartphone with voice commands. Like it is usually done with touch navigation. To recall, ever since Bixby debuted in March on Galaxy S8 and S8+, only image recognition feature was enabled on the AI-based digital assistant.

Bixby has been earlier reported to be used for banking and transactions in Korea just by voice commands. It is unclear if the same will be extended in India. Here’s a video by Youtuber SakiTech showing the capabilities of Bixby to perform advanced tasks with simple voice commands. ALSO READ: From Samsung Bixby to Apple Siri, is Artificial Intelligence ready for primetime?

If indeed, the Bixby voice control is activated on the aforementioned date, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ users will finally be able to use the dedicated Bixby button and perform the task with simple voice commands. Although Bixby was introduced to consumers with the Galaxy S8 series smartphones, the digital assistant is now also available on the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition. Samsung Bixby is also expected to be featured on a couple of upcoming Samsung mid-range and premium smartphone including the Galaxy Note 8.

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  • Published Date: July 15, 2017 2:21 PM IST