When Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were unveiled in April, one of the phones’ major highlights was the new Bixby digital assistant.
In a world where digital assistants are now becoming a thing, Samsung felt that it would not be left behind or be coerced into using the Google Assistant on its devices. As a result, the tech giant baked Bixby into the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and even gave it a dedicated button the left side of the phone. However, up to now, the digital assistant has only been able to understand the native Korean language.
Samsung had promised that the digital assistant will hit the U.S. market at some point this Q3 but later on, it emerged that this could be delayed further due to the assistant’s difficulties with understanding the English language. But as it appears, folks in the U.S. will soon be able to start using Bixby on their Galaxy S8 and S8+ units thanks to the fact that the assistant is now able to understand English.
A report by the Korea Herald says that Sammy has just confirmed that the digital assistant has kicked off the English language service following successful integration with the Korean language since May 1. So far, the assistant is already being enjoyed by over 1 million users in Korea and it can understand up to an estimated 150 million voice commands in the same language.
Once it launches in the U.S., Bixby will reportedly work hand-in-hand with Google to deliver the best of services, including responding to simple questions such as “What is the capital of the United States?” Also, users of the Galaxy S8 will be able to launch the assistant by simply saying “HI Bixby”, if at all pressing the button on the phone is too much of a hassle.
There’s still no word on when exactly Bixby will be available to all American users of Samsung Galaxy S8, but now that the assistant is able to understand English, it shouldn’t be long before everything falls into place.