Samsung has announced that Bixby Voice will officially be available in over 200 countries worldwide, with the rollout beginning today.
It’s going to provide a pretty big update to your handset (and is largely being done to coincide with the Galaxy Note 8 launch on 23 August), so we’ve put together a compact little guide to help you understand what’s happening, how to use the service and the slight speedbumps you can expect along the way.
What is Bixby Voice?
Bixby Voice is, as you can probably guess, the voice command element of Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant.
Curiously the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus both launched with a Bixby hardware button on the side of the phone, but that only activated Bixby Home, a portal with information on upcoming calendar events, health updates and news.
Bixby Voice allows you to interact with the phone either by holding that hardware button or saying ‘Hi Bixby’ and being able to intelligently understand what you’re after.
Injong Rhee, Executive VP and Head of R&D, Software and Services at Samsung, told TechRadar: “When we announced Bixby we [supported] 10 applications initially and we got a lot of feedback saying that that’s not enough for people to use.”
So the brand has been working to improve the amount of apps that Bixby Voice can work with – and the fruits of that labor are now available worldwide.