• Zachery Bernabe

Samsung Galaxy S8's Bixby voice assistant revealed

The brand new Bixby voice assistant for Android products, similar to SIRI for Apple, was recently revealed at a debut for the the "South Korean giant’s new flagship devices," according to BBC News. The product has been delayed due to some of the coding issues but should be released on time.

The product is going to be fully available in the spring via an update to the products, but the Galaxy S8 and the 8 plus will have the Bixby voice control. The S8 will be released Friday, April 21, 2017.

According to The Verge, "Where Siri, Google, and Alexa are focused on collecting and understanding information out on the internet and then answering your questions about it, Bixby is trying to help you use your own phone. Samsung’s goal is to make it so that if you don’t want to, you don’t have to touch your device at all."

According to the Verge, one of the more impressive new features is the Bixby Vision, which is an "augmented reality camera" which allows you to point at items in the real world using your camera and then automatically identify and search for them on services like Amazon. You could buy the item or just use it to look up different prices or reviews.

The product is still buggy and slow to the new software, however. According to BBC News, "The product failed at some of the limited tasks" that reporters were allowed to try out using the new phone. Some of the users of the demo have stated that the product could be better but is overall a great addition to the company.