Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant now works in Uganda

Samsung Bixby
Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald

Google has its own voice Assistant, Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa and Microsoft has Cortana– well as a big player in the industry Samsung recently launched Bixby its own personal voice assistant. After months of restricting it to a few regions, this week, Samsung has release the voice assistant app to other countries and yes that also includes Uganda.

Before being released in July earlier this year, Samsung touted it to be “an intelligent interface”, it is meant to it has been deeply integrated into the smartphone’s settings, allowing you to play around with the device’s options. This will range from having the screen timeout according to your whim and fancy, or to have all notifications show up, doing so without interrupting the user experience.

The Korean phone maker has hopes to see Bixby grow into something more than its fledgling voice assistant self at the moment, being able to learn on its own as it picks up the nuances of your speaking method and pattern. From today onwards, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones will now launch Bixby with a press of the dedicated Bixby button, or simply by blurting out “Hi, Bixby.”  The future will see Bixby increase in its learning power, delivering a more personal and intelligent interaction. This is one promise that we hope to see Samsung fulfill.

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Early adopters of Bixby have not found it to their liking, and even in our initial experience with it we found that it had issues concerning the most basic of commands. In fact, a number of users figured out that it might be a whole lot more convenient to simply make use of the touchscreen display directly compared to letting Bixby get to work. Hopefully, Samsung will be able to iron out all of its Bixby kinks in due time. Future plans for Bixby include increasing its availability to cover more countries, being conversant in new languages, a widespread compatibility with more devices and third-party applications.