Bixby is Samsung's answer to rivals such as Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. Earlier this summer, speculation emerged that the speaker was being worked on - the Wall Street Journal reported that the speaker had a codename of "Vega" - but it was uncertain if it would reach consumers. The company has integrated a three-tier approach for its digital assistant - voice control, computer vision system for identifying objects through device's camera, and on-screen "Home" menu filled with info like weather forecasts and news. From this perspective also, Samsung needs to quickly scale up the capabilities of Bixby.
Samsung has expanded availability of its voice assistant Bixby's voice capabilities to more than 200 countries globally.
Samsung appears to be preparing to join the voice-assisted speakers market. It didn't take long before another report said that Samsung might not be making a smart speaker after all.
The functionality has been rolled out to 200 countries today including the UK, Canada and South Africa and is available in English (US) and Korean. Bixby's deep integration is also built into the smartphone settings; plus, it also understands the way users actually speak, ask questions and make requests. Support for other languages, devices, and third-party apps are expected to expand over time, Samsung added.
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