Voice support is now coming for the Bixby button on the Samsung Galaxy S8 at last.
Samsung has started rolling out the update for the voice support feature, so that Bixby Voice feature is enabled for users of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus in the US. It will be available to users who have signed up for testing it.
Samsung Bixby Voice
The Bixby Voice feature is a direct contender to rivals like the Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri and Windows Cortana. The feature is still in the beta stage, just having started functioning on the 21st of June. It will slowly be released to other users, but before that, Samsung will be adding some more to the feature.
Poor Outlook at Launch
The Bixby Voice is not looking too good as of now. Samsung has a long road ahead, if it wants to catch up with the competition.
For Beta Testers
If you have registered yourself for beta testing of the Bixby Voice feature on the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy S8 Plus, here are some things you need to know.
- First and foremost, you have to run the present or latest version of Bixby. Go to the About screen in order to make sure. If there are any updates present, download them.
- You may also have to remove some data or cache in the Settings, or the Bixby Voice might not appear in your phone.
- Once you see the Bixby Voice, you can go through the tutorial that informs you about the details of triggering the feature and making it recognize the user’s voice.
- Activate the Voice by saying Hey or Hi Bixby. You can merely hold the button while talking as well.
- Next, you can ask questions, as you ask Siri or Google Voice. As about the alarm, or ask Bixby to give you details of the weather or the time and so on.
To be sure, Bixby Voice is capable of handling basic questions, like the ones about the time, the weather or setting an alarm and so on. But there are some drawbacks and Samsung needs to work on these before it goes public.
- Bixby is very slow and sluggish, when compared to the competition.
- When you ask the time, Bixby begins by showing the entire clock application and then telling you the answer.
- Bixby is absolutely confused when you ask it who is the president of the US
- Bixby is not able to answer a whole lot of other questions, with a very poor knowledge base
- In short, Bixby badly needs help
However, on the bright side, Bixby is perfectly capable of handling local tasks. You can use the Voice assistant for changing the settings on your Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy S8 Plus. You can do about anything on your phone using Bixby Voice. A simple command is enough to toggle difficult settings. According to Samsung, Bixby Voice is capable of performing more than 3000 commands. It can change the display modes, open split screen views and so on. Samsung apps work well with Bixby.