Samsung makes Bixby Voice available in Australia

Alex Kidman 22 August 2017 NEWS

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No longer will you have to type "Hi Bixby, how do I install Google Assistant?"

One of the most heavily hyped features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ smartphones was Bixby, Samsung's own in-house AI assistant that the company claims will be built into all its devices going forward.

Like Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Google's Assistant, Bixby uses the intelligence gleaned from your other smartphone use to provide intelligent assistance in your daily life.

However, at launch in Australia, Bixby was effectively mute because its voice-assistance feature only worked in US and South Korean locations. However, as of today, Samsung is sending Bixby worldwide by adding compatibility for Bixby Voice in over 200 countries, including Australia. If you've got a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ handset, tapping the Bixby button should start the upgrade process to enable Bixby Voice on your handset.

Bixby's approach to voice commands includes the ability for what it calls "quick commands", which are essentially pre-set sequences of commands for multiple applications to run at once. The example Samsung gives is setting "Good Night" as a command to set your phone to do not disturb mode, set a morning alarm and switch on the blue light filter all at once.

The global launch for Bixby Voice comes just days before Samsung is expected to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in New York, with actual availability of that handset expected quite rapidly after the launch. It's all but certain that the Note 8 will lean heavily on Bixby features.

Keen on a Samsung Galaxy S8 to take advantage of Bixby Voice? Check out the latest plans below:

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