Samsung launches Bixby in Australia

Voice-activated technology is increasingly moving into the mainstream, with the likes of Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa fundamentally changing how we interact with technology.

Samsung has also been moving into this space with its voice assistant Bixby, which has now been rolled out in more than 200 countries, including Australia.

With the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone set to be unveiled in the coming days, we reckon it's a safe bet that the device will feature the voice-controlled digital assistant.

As a result, it will be able to remind you to perform a certain task, translate a page of foreign text, identify what you are looking at and send photos to friends, and much more besides.

Garry McGregor, IT and mobile director at Samsung Electronics Australia, commented: “With the introduction of Bixby voice, our Australian customers with a compatible smartphone will be able to activate the power and functionality of the Bixby experience simply by speaking with their device.”

However, users of Bixby will have to make sure they're speaking clearly, as the tool doesn't yet understand the slang we all use day after day.

But this might change further down the line, as Samsung Electronics mobile communications business executive vice-president Injong Rhee has suggested.

“In the future, Bixby will have the learning power to offer more intelligent and personalised interactions and seamless connections across more devices,” he said.

So who knows? Bixby could become much more intuitive over time, understand people's unique quirks and traits and maybe even anticipate their behaviour – and in turn make smartphones an even more indispensable item.

Written by Mazuma

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