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Samsung Offers Preview Of Bixby Voice-Command Assistant To Galaxy S8 Owners

Samsung announced it will offer select Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners in the U.S. early access to its Bixby artificial-intelligence-based voice-command technology.

Galaxy S8 or S8+ owners can sign up to participate in the early preview test, which will launch in the near future.

The upcoming Bixby update will enable users to navigate through the phone’s apps, services and settings with a mix of voice commands and touch. Unlike other voice-assisted services on the market, Bixby is designed to assist in completing complex tasks across many apps, Samsung said. For example, with one command a user can tell Bixby to gather all the photos taken last week into a new album labeled “Vacation,” and then share those photos with friends, or Bixby can take a selfie and text it to someone.

“We see Bixby as an intelligent interface for your phone — an integral part of our connected ecosystem,” said Injong Rhee, CTO and head of R&D, software and services for Samsung Mobile. “From phones, to televisions, to refrigerators, we think that Bixby will provide users with a simpler, more intuitive way to control their favorite devices, and live a more connected life.”

Samsung plans to continuously update Bixby, including support for additional languages, features, third-party apps and devices.