Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby is now accessible in more than 200 countries worldwide, including the UK, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. It’s already available in South Korea and the US, where it rolled out in July after months of delays. The voice assistant is billed as “an intelligent interface to help get things done faster and easier,” but in our own tests we found that Bixby struggles with basic commands, and concluded that it’s easier to just use the touchscreen.
Bixby is available in US English and Korean, and Samsung claims the voice assistant learns over time, improving its function as it recognizes your way of speaking. “The expansion of Bixby’s voice capabilities is an initial step in the continued rollout of Bixby functionality,” said Injong Rhee, executive vice president at Samsung Electronics in a press statement. “In the future, Bixby will have the learning power to offer more intelligent and personalized interactions and seamless connections across more devices.”
Samsung says Bixby will be made available in more countries, languages, devices, and third-party applications over time. Galaxy S8 and S8+ users can access Bixby by pressing the dedicated Bixby button on those phones, or by saying “Hi, Bixby.” The roll-out comes in a big week for Samsung, with the Galaxy Note 8 set to be officially unveiled tomorrow in New York City.