Samsung will finally unveil the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in New York tomorrow. However, this South Korean Smartphone manufacturer will likely spend more portions on its digital voice assistant, Bixby.
This new AI firstly introduced in Samsung Galaxy S8. It had a rocky start since the language available at that time was only Korean. Nevertheless, Samsung has begun to roll out the English voice support for Bixby.
Although the AI has a problem with redundancy, it still can compete with Siri and Google Assistant. Read below for the comparison result.
What Bixby can and can’t do (Comparison with Siri and Google Assistant)
It’s been awhile since Bixby first launching and now, the voice assistant is available in more than 200 countries worldwide, including the UK, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. You can activate Bixby by using the wake-up command, ‘Hey, Bixby’.
You should know that Bixby works better when you use Samsung’s native app. This, however, doesn’t mean that this AI can’t use other apps. For example, if you ask this voice assistant to send an email, it will directly open Samsung’s original mail app instead of using the email app that you often used (like Gmail or Yahoo).
If you want Bixby to use Google’s app, you have to add a couple more words in the command line. Basically, you’ll have to say, ‘Send an email on Gmail’.
Bixby can respond better to some voice commands than Siri and Google Assistant. When you ask Bixby to ‘take a selfie’, the AI will automatically open the camera app, switch to the front camera, and snap a photo, all without you having to tap your finger anywhere on the screen.
Siri and Google Assistant can also do that, however, they can’t switch to the selfie-cam, let alone to take a photo for you. In term of sending pictures to Facebook or Instagram, Bixby can do that for you as long as you said the command line from the first step until the last one, whereas Siri and Google Assistant can’t do that. (Actually when you asked Google Assistant that command, they will stupidly show you a batch of show results from the internet about how to upload a picture on social media.
Not only that, Bixby also has a feature called ‘voice password’ that works very awesome. If you set a voice password before, let say you choose ‘green tea’, Bixby will recognize it every time. Even if you try to trick Bixby by adding more words to the voice password by saying, ‘green tea milkshake’ or ‘Matcha green tea’, Samsung’s voice assistant won’t fall into that trap.
Compared to Siri and Google Assistant, Bixby’s reliability rate is slower. It takes more than 10 seconds for it to do your command. In the end, Bixby is still in progress and this revealed by the XP bar that Samsung’s put for its voice assistant.
As you can see from the picture below, every time you finished a voice command, you will get a +5 or +10XP text popped up on your screen. If you’re a gamer, this should remind you of the common RPG’s experience bar.
The picture shows that user is still on level 4 and needs 68XP more to go to level 5. You can also see the gift icon above the text ‘Lv 5’ there, suggesting that a prize will await you once you reach that level. So far, we have no idea what to expect from the present.