Voice-Controlled Bixby, Samsung's Mobile AI, Is Now Available Globally

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Samsung Product Marketing Director Jonathan Wong took to stage earlier today during the Galaxy Note 8's official announcement to talk about numerous features of the company's latest Android flagship and revealed Bixby's incoming support for the popular music streaming service in the process of doing so.

The voice assistant is equivalent to Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant, but only supports two languages - US English and South Korean for now.

This isn't the first we've heard about a potential Bixby-powered smart speaker.

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Users with Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus phones can activate the AI by holding the dedicated Bixby buttons on their devices or simply saying, "Hi, Bixby". A couple of months back, there were several leaks about the device, which was later reported to be shelved by Samsung. On the home appliance side, Samsung has a substantial number of devices for sale that feature smart home functionality and also has its own SmartThings standard for networked local connectivity among products. I am already working on it. Moreover, Samsung's president says that his company is very serious about offering a solid user experience at home with Samsung devices, which is why it will be " moving quite heavily on it".

Now that Koh has spilt the beans himself, it should be noted that Samsung is going to step into a market that is pre-dominated by Google and Amazon. It will be interesting to see how consumers react to Samsung's iteration of smart speakers.