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Samsung Digital Assistant Bixby Available Now In India

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New Delhi, September 22, 2017: Samsung on Friday announced that digital assistant Bixby will now be available with voice capabilities in India that will help consumers interact better with their smartphones.

Bixby has been optimised to understand Indian accents.

The newly-launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users can now enable Bixby’s voice capabilities (US English) by pressing the Bixby button, the company said in a statement.

Consumers can activate Bixby by holding the dedicated button on the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, or by simply saying, “Hi, Bixby.”

“With Bixby, the phone adapts to you and not the other way around. It’s a smarter way to use your phone and get more done,” said Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India.

“Keeping in mind the diversity in Indian accents and our commitment to ‘Make for India’, Bixby has been optimised to understand Indian accents,” he added.

The Bixby voice capabilities for the Indian consumers were developed at Samsung Research & Development Institute, Bengaluru (SRI-B) — Samsung’s largest R&D facility outside South Korea.

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Bixby comes with a Quick Commands feature that allows customers to easily create a custom voice command to use in place of a sequence of one or more commands.

For example, one can use the command “good night” as a shortcut for “Turn on Do-not-disturb mode, set an alarm for 6 AM and turn on blue light filter.”

Bixby understands the way you actually speak, ask questions and make requests.

For example, if you take a photo and then tell Bixby to “send the picture just taken to Mom”, Bixby understands cross-application commands and will know which photo you are referring to and will text it to your mom. (IANS)

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Speculations are rife that Samsung could showcase the mini Galaxy Home at CES 2019 to be held in Las Vegas from January 8-11.

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Samsung is reportedly planning a cheaper version of its Galaxy Home smart speaker powered by its voice assistant Bixby.

While the specifications of the new speaker are not yet known it is presumed to have fewer of the features of the main Galaxy Home that Samsung announced in August, The Verge reported on Saturday.

While the main Galaxy Home, which is yet to hit the market, could compete with Apple HomePod, which retails for $349, the mini Bixby-powered speaker could take on Google Home and Amazon Echo which are available for less than $200.

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Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker is meant to combine amazing sound and elegant design. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Originally reported by SamMobile, the mini Bixby speaker might have fewer microphones than the Galaxy Home and perhaps lack a subwoofer.

The premium Galaxy Home, which was showcased in the US during the flagship Galaxy Note 9 launch, is likely to feature eight microphones.

Elevated by three stout metal legs, the main Galaxy Home looks like a mini space capsule, wrapped in black fabric with a flat top housing touch-enabled control buttons.

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The three metal legs ensures the device can be kept anywhere at home – even in a cosy corner on the floor – while other smart speakers do need a desk or tabletop.

Speculations are rife that Samsung could showcase the mini Galaxy Home at CES 2019 to be held in Las Vegas from January 8-11. (IANS)