Monday, 01 May 2017 21:02

VIDEOS: Samsung launches Bixby for S8 and S8+ in South Korea at last Featured


Although Bixby is due to launch sometime this month in the US, and later this year in Australia, South Korea S8 and S8+ owners can now get the Bixby update.

Samsung’s South Korean newsroom has announced that Bixby is now available for its local customers, with the Google Translated version here, and the original site in Korean here

Samsung reminds us all that Bixby is an "iintelligent interface" that can "recognise the situation and context and provide users with an optimised experience".

We are then told that Bixby is enabled for "over 10 apps" which include "Gallery, Calculator, Weather, Reminders, Vix Vision, Messages, Settings, Clock, Contacts, Phone, Camera, etc".

There are more apps brewing inside Samsung’s Bixby Labs, approximately 20 of them, which include the Internet browser, My Files, Milk (Music), Video, Samsung Notes, Samsung Fay, Samsung Health, Voice Recording, Email, Calendar, WhatsApp, Youtube, Instagram, Cacao navi, Kakao Talk, Tumblr, Twitter, T map, Facebook and Facebook Messenger.

At least, in their Korean versions – no doubt the English language teams will be working to enable Bixby in various English accents as well as a range of other languages throughout the year.

Naturally, as most modern software is evolved by its developers, it should come as absolutely no surprise whatsoever to hear Samsung promising its Bixby Labs apps "will improve usability based on user feedback and expand into official support apps".

So, if a Korean S8 or S8+ owner updates the Bixby App, Bixby Voice now becomes available.

Samsung explains that you can just say "Bixby" or you can press the dedicated Bixby button briefly, to activate Bixby to listen to your commands.

ZDNet suggests Bixby will still arrive sometime in May for US users, but any firm Australian launch date is still to be announced publicly.

If you’re curious, you can watch a bunch of official YouTube videos from Samsung with Bixby in action.

The videos are in Korean, but it’s all relatively self explanatory, for the system is meant to be easy to use, after all.

Meanwhile, a solitary S8 user in South Korea has complained of a burn-in problem in his week-old smartphone, in an article by the Korea Herald, which quoted a Samsung spokesperson stating: “An algorithm to prevent burn-ins is already equipped. Whether the consumer’s claim turns out to be true or not remains to be seen. At the moment, we are not receiving reports of other cases.”

Click the image below to be taken to those Samsung Bixby videos in action via YouTube.  

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