Galaxy S8 side of the Bixby special button
According to the foreign site PhoneArena Beijing time on April 2 reported that now intelligent voice assistant is not fresh & mdash; Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant, casually throwing stones can be hit with a voice assistant equipment. Although some developers are tired of this, shouting "enough" and Samsung does not want to let the other players in the mobile field, it has to build a voice service.
With the launch of the latest flagship Galaxy S8 this week, Samsung's Bixby has finally officially unveiled. So what is the difference between the voice assistant and the other? And look at PhoneArena's experience.
What can Bixby do?
Like other virtual assistants, Bixby is very rich. It is not just a place in the phone, in one way to engage in the same kind of task. Some parts of Bixby feel like Google's several voice services, especially when you are looking for a traditional voice search, or in a Bixby application to browse all kinds of cards.
Bixby can answer your questions, access the huge knowledge base on the Internet to complete the unit conversion or find the capital of Eritrea, and other strange tasks. In addition, similar to Google Now in card form, Bixby will show the user a long scrolling multi-card list containing news, current events, information stored on personal journeys, personal health data, and so on. You are free to add a card to the list, and Bixby helps by providing support for the user installation.
So far, Bixby these features are very standardized. And then it is different from the place: Bixby has a dedicated hardware button. Although the Galaxy S8 does not have a physical Home key, it uses a new button to wake up Bixby anywhere from the phone. This is more reliable than using only hot words to wake up, and can save users one or two steps into the Bixby card interface.
The power to embrace the voice
Now, with the voice command to answer questions are not new, so Samsung further, promised to completely control the entire phone through voice. This is an incredible lofty goal, but Samsung is trying to put Bixby built in any place where the touch can be completed, so that users can use voice to complete. If you do not want to use voice all the time, Bixby also allows you to switch back and forth between voice and touch operations.
This sounds quite ambitious, but there are still some restrictions on the actual implementation. The future, Samsung is expected to release updates to make this feature more detailed, but do not expect to buy Galaxy S8 can never touch the phone screen.
Bixby can see "what you are doing."
Although the complete voice control is still a long time, but a cool Bixby function can be used this week, that is, Bixby Vision. This is a "enhance the reality" image processing functions, access to the Galaxy S8 camera (also support the previous photo shoot).
This feature is similar to other existing services: you can target a foreign language logo to translate, or identify objects, find similar things to the picture, analyze the landmark to calculate the location of the photo shoot, and even identify a product and then tell the user Where to buy.
Although Google, Amazon can also through these various services to achieve these functions, but Bixby Vision all of these features together, which is very special, and this solution is very convenient.
Said Bixby is just another virtual assistant is easy, but it does bring some practical commitment, not only to bring the existing competitor does not have the function, but also includes many of the current services can only be achieved through different services tied to A convenient system.
Having said that, Samsung still has a lot of work to do in order to continue to build Bixby and achieve full voice control commitments.
We can not say that users will buy Galaxy S8 for Bixby, but at the same time we will bet that the user will respond positively to the service.