With new and advanced features compared to predecessors, it’s not surprising that Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones are very popular today. In fact, the company has announced in April that the Galaxy S8 set a new pre-order record, with more than 30% year-over-year growth compared to the Galaxy S7. The debut of Samsung’s propriety virtual assistant made the two devices even more intriguing to the public.
For the longest time, we have been exposed to smart, artificial intelligence-equipped digital assistants from Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. Now you can add Samsung into the mix. Bixby is a bit different to Siri or Cortana as it doesn’t work with a database that comes with specific questions for it to execute certain tasks. Instead, it works as a smart helper to make it easier to access and accomplish tasks from your smartphone while learning how you use your device. The company said that it’s “a new way to interact with your phone.”
Bixby comes with a myriad of features:
1. Voice – Users can talk, tap, or type and Bixby can get things done easily. It even knows your apps and how to use them.
2. Vision – The AI serve up contextual icons for QR code, landmark recognition, translations and more.
3. Home – It can pull the most important information from different apps, so users can accomplish more tasks from a single screen.
4. Reminder – It can setup reminders based on the user’s time and location, and include specific content, such a video.
No wonder, Bixby is one of the most in-demand features on the Galaxy S8 Plus. In line with the listed features on O2, the virtual assistant works as a personal assistant and information database with a one-stop dashboard where users can easily ‘do what they want, when they want.’
But, aside from the usual virtual assistant features, the AI can also entertain users in a whole new level. Users have shared their own personal experiences with Bixby in accomplishing tasks and entertaining them with its beatboxing skills and witty replies.
In a report by 9to5Google, a Reddit user claimed that he asked Bixby to perform beatboxing and was surprised when it replied “I am better than Siri” before performing a couple of beats for the user, which is considerably different to what you expect from Siri.
At present, Bixby Voice is only available in South Korea as it only supports Korean. Users from the US and the UK will have to wait a few more months to experience the entertaining virtual assistant on their Galaxy S8 handsets. Reports claimed that the voice-command will be rolled out in Spring while the full functionality of the mobile AI will be coming later this year.
Admittedly, the beatboxing skills of Bixby sound more impressive than its Apple counterpart. However, Siri has been around for several years now and a report by The Verifier claimed that the California-based tech giant is developing a more natural sounding Siri in their secret laboratory in Cambridge. Bixby was from polished to begin with as Samsung only made it available in South Korea first with less focus on bigger markets like the US and the UK. So it may be a little early for Samsung AI to make a bold claim that it is ‘better than Siri’ just yet.