Samsung Bixby: 5 things we know so far about Samsung’s personal assistant

Back in 2015, Samsung officially acquired the Viv AI assistant from creators of Apple Siri, paving the way for the company’s first virtual helper. In March 2016, Samsung unveiled what the company had been working for 18 months. Samsung’s personal assistant is officially known as Bixby, and it made its debut on the Galaxy S8 this year.

However, Bixby did not have a good start as expected, as Samsung’s virtual helper was not fully functional at launch. This raised concerns among Samsung fans and tech experts over the company’s ability to create a smart personal assistant. Samsung has been working on improving Bixby in recent months, expanding its availability in more markets and devices.  Samsung Bixby is getting better and better over time, making it a tough competitor in the industry.

In this article, we have created a list of 5 things we know so far about Samsung’s virtual helper. For some background, Bixby is now available in more than 200 countries and supports more Samsung devices, like Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus or Galaxy Note 8.

  1. Samsung Bixby is designed for mobile only?

Bixby made its debut on the Galaxy S8 last year, but Samsung is expected to bring its virtual helper to more devices and other platforms. The South Korean company has recently confirmed that they will expand Bixby support to smart speakers, televisions, and bridges.

However, tech experts say that Bixby will act as a selling point of Samsung-branded devices and Samsung has no driving reason to bring Bixby to other competing platforms. Bixby now supports modern Samsung phones like Galaxy S8/S8 Plus or Galaxy Note 8.

  1. Set up Bixby

Bixby comes pre-loaded on modern Samsung devices and activating it is pretty simple. Samsung built a dedicated Bixby button, allowing you to quickly open your personal assistant with a simple press. Alternatively, you can activate Samsung Bixby by saying “Hey Bixby” if you have already assigned the Bixby button to something else. Once you see a small blue circle in the left corner of the screen, Bixby is ready to receive your request.

  1. Type to Bixby

Samsung is the first smartphone brand to add typing functionality to its virtual helper, offering users a new way to interact with their assistant. This comes in handy for those who don’t want to speak a command to virtual helper. To do this, open Bixby on your device, and then hit Search Commands. Once the keyboard shows up, type out your command.

  1. Bixby works with third-party apps

One of the best things when it comes to Samsung Bixby lies in its ability to work with third-party apps, thus offering users multiple options to interact with apps. According to Samsung, Bixby works perfectly with most of Samsung-branded apps and some third-party apps like Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Instagram, Uber, and WhatsApp.

To interact with third-party apps using Bixby, you simply need to say “Open + app name + your command”. If you want to disable third-party app support for Bixby, head to Bixby Home, hit Settings, then tap Bixby Labs and turn off the switch.

  1. Identify things with your phone’s camera

Bixby includes the ability to identify things in real world with the camera. However, this feature is still in early stages, so it only can identify six things like wine search, text translation, QR code and barcode reading, and product search.

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