Samsung has officially introduced its own language assistant Bixby today, after many rumors circulated. Bixby will first be used on the Galaxy S8 and will be available with a dedicated button. The wizard is said to work better in three areas than the competition from Amazon, Apple or Google.
Bixby on the Galaxy S8 is Samsung’s answer to Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant or Apple Siri. Samsung wanted to offer but not just another wizard for voice commands, but with fundamental improvements against the competition. Samsung names three areas where Bixby should work better than the available systems of the competition.
Samsung’s assistant is to be able to take over almost completely the currently still with touch commands carried out operation. While Alexa, the Google Assistant or Siri, according to Samsung, would only support a small part of an application’s functions, Bixby should be able to perform nearly all the functions of an app by voice command. This should lead to a simpler operation, since users according to Samsung are no longer confused by what subset of functions in the current situation is supported by language.
Context better understand
Bixby should also be able to understand the context of the interaction much better than previously available assistants. When users run an application released for Bixby, the language assistant should be accessible at all times, correctly recognize the context and state of the app, and act accordingly. The mixer control from voice commands and touch inputs should also be possible at any time.
No predefined commands
Default language commands, which must follow a pattern prescribed by the manufacturer of the wizard, should be a thing of the past with Bixby. According to Samsung, Bixby will be intelligent enough to implement freely chosen or incomplete commands as well as possible, and in case of doubt ask for further information, so that there will be no more crashes. The machine is supposed to learn from the user, not the user of the machine, according to Samsung in its announcement.
Bixby comes with its own button on the Galaxy S8
The first device with Bixby will be the Galaxy S8, Samsung has announced today. The Galaxy S8 will equip Samsung with a dedicated button only for Bixby. The presentation of the Galaxy S8 takes place on 29 March from 17:00 clock German time, the market launch is rumored according to rumors on 21 April. The Galaxy S8 will be delivered with several apps released for Bixby according to Samsung, others will follow in the course of time. A future-planned SDK is intended to allow third-party developers to develop Bixby-enabled apps.
Galaxy S8 costs 799 euros, Galaxy S8 + 899 euros
According to usually well-informed sources such as Roland Quandt or Evan Blass, the Galaxy S8 for 799 euros, the Galaxy S8 + for 899 euros to the market. That would be 100 euros more than the market launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The Galaxy S8 / S8 + is to come in black, gray, silver and Violet on the market. For Europe, the new Exynos 8895 is considered to be an important feature, while in the USA the Snapdragon 835 will be installed. The camera is like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium slow motion videos with 960 FPS record. In the display area, there will be only Curved versions.
The Galaxy S8 will be the first but not last device of Samsung, which is equipped with Bixby. The wizard is intended to move into all devices from Samsung, the company calls air conditioning and television as examples of upcoming devices, which can be controlled with Bixby. Bixby sits in the cloud, the terminal must therefore only have an Internet connection and hardware for voice inputs, explains Samsung. The goal is a new operating system for all Samsung products.