Imagine a company launching a new product and boasting about a particular key feature, only for customers to discover that when they buy the product, the feature has yet to be launched/activated, or does not work as intended. That’s what we saw when Apple first introduced Siri, and that’s what happened with Samsung’s Bixby.

The Galaxy S8 was announced earlier this year with Bixby Ai digital assistant being one of its key features. However Bixby Voice, perhaps the “main” component of Bixby, was not launched together with the phone as Samsung was still working on it, but it seems that the wait is finally over as Samsung has officially announced that Bixby Voice is now available to users in the US.

According to Samsung, “Users can now use their voice to do many things they do with touch. Users can ask Bixby to complete simple tasks like turning on the flashlight, taking a screen shot, or taking a selfie. Bixby can complete more complex tasks like creating a photo album of all the pictures a user took last week and calling it ‘Vacation,’ and then sharing those photos with family and friends. Users can have Bixby remember things and remind, such as ‘remember this is where I parked,’ or ‘remind me to pick up eggs and milk at the grocery store.’”

If you’d like to start using Bixby Voice, users will need to get their hands on the Bixby update which should already be available, so once the software has been updated you’ll be good to go.

Filed in Cellphones. Read more about Bixby, Galaxy S8 and Samsung.

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