Bixby made its first appearance on S8 plus and Galaxy S8, followed by the Note 8. Over the years, Samsung has also committed to integrating more products to Bixby, such as a dedicated smartwatch, televisions, and its smart refrigerator.
But it does not exactly have the largest user base yet, considering the convenience of switching it out with other assistants and the inability to get it on iOS or Android devices not made by Samsung. Bixby is built into all of your phone’s features and can be used in various ways, depending on what you do. If you are curious about what Bixby sets apart from other voice assistants, keep on reading.
You may be wondering, ‘what is Bixby?’ For those who want to know, Bixby is a voice assistant, which means that you use voice commands to interact with it. You can easily access and use Bixby through voice activation. Just like the following voice assistants: Alexa, Siri, or Microsoft’s Cortana, also known as ‘intelligent assistants’ or simply ‘AI.’
Voice assistants are mostly useful when it comes to simple activities, such as playing songs, showing you the forecast, navigating smart TV menus, creating shopping lists and calendar invitations, answering simple trivia questions sometimes with various success rates.
As of writing, you can use Bixby if you have the following devices:
- S8 and S8+
- S9 and S9+
- S10 and S10+
- Note10 and Note10+
- Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra
- Galaxy Fold
Bixby is one of the most advanced voice assistants you could ever have. The application can understand up to 3,000 commands and has adapted to using slangs as well.
Samsung Bixby Home
The Flipboard news feed has been replaced by Bixby Home, though you can still integrate it. A stream of information like smart notifications for tasks you frequently perform on your computer. In Bixby House, third-party applications such as Facebook or Uber can also view cards.
Bixby is always updated for your convenience. You can easily display weather updates, reminders of your upcoming events, news articles, and more, all shown in easy-to-read cards using Bixby Home. By adding and removing cards, you can customize Bixby Home according to your choice, or turn it off entirely.
If you are always on the go, you can easily sync your Gmail and Google Calendar so you can easily access it. Some apps that you can also integrate with Bixby are Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Uber, Spotify, Flipboard, and CNN. In short, all the essentials that you need daily.
It also works with the SmartThings app from Samsung. You can control the monitor buttons, smart light bulbs and door locks, access to the apps you use most often, and more.
Dynamic Card Setting
You can access your dynamic card settings by clicking the three dots in the upper right and hitting Cards if you swipe right across your home screen to access Bixby Home. You can add the cards you would want from here, or take out the ones you don’t.
You can change the email address to which your Bixby Home is connected by clicking Settings. Simply look for the three-dot menu. It also allows you to change your service providers, specifically enabling you to send location information to a few apps to provide personalized and helpful information.
The Bixby voice command can imitate the touch command.
You are free to use the voice assistant at your convenience once you have activated the app and completed Samsung’s Bixby Voice tutorial. You can start using it by saying, “Hey, Bixby,” or by holding down the Bixby button. You can speak to Bixby by putting your phone close to your ear, like a phone call, if you don’t want to appear like you’re talking on your phone in public.
For example, you are not sure about what to eat. You can simply voice command Bixby for recommendations. Bixby also works well with Uber. Had a fun night out and having a hard time typing and booking a car? Use the voice command! You don’t even have to specifically say the word Uber. You can just say ‘I need a ride to…’ and Bixby will automatically understand what you are referring to.
In A Nutshell
The Samsung Bixby is a feature in a phone that lets life easier for you. Like Siri in iPhone and Alexa in Google, it can assist the person using the phone only voice command efficiently. Samsung Bixby is easy to operate, convenient to use, and accurate.
Bixby makes Samsung phones more accessible to a wider demographic. For example, Bixby can help in aiding the blind and deaf so they can also use mobile tech with no problem. Now more than ever, it is important for companies to be more inclusive–something that Samsung is excelling in.