Samsung’s Bixby appears to have finally figured out how to speak English. Or at least enough English to understand the American accent; as the AI assistant is now available to US based customers for download.
The voice activated assistant is only available on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ at the moment, and works like other AI assistants. Users summon it from sleep by saying “hi, Bixby” and then ask it to perform tasks like taking notes or playing music. It’s deeply integrated with Samsung own apps, and several third party apps such as Google Maps, Facebook, and YouTube.
While Samsung has managed to get Bixby working in the US, the company has said nothing about other English speaking countries. There was considerable trouble getting the AI to understand the language as spoken by Americans. We assume that testing for Europe and other region will take even longer and present new challenges.
Getting the AI to understand other languages may prove to be even more difficult for Samsung. Its US based research and development team originally complained about getting enough quality voice samples to make Bixby work in English; the most widely spoken language in the world. Things will only get more difficult as the company works its way down the list.
Still, this is an important first step for Samsung; and it has managed to fulfill its promise to get Bixby out in the summer of 2017.