Samsung's Bixby Voice Assistant Comes To India

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Samsung announced on Friday that it had started rolling out the Bixby Voice in India, a month after releasing the service in over 200 countries across the globe. When an application becomes Bixby-enabled, Bixby will support nearly every task that the application is capable of performing using voice, touch or text. Samsung says it has thoroughly baked in support for various Indian accents, letting even those customers who have opted for English (US) language, make use of Bixby.

Samsung's Bixby assistant, unlike Siri and Google's Assistant, doesn't work with a wide-range of smartphones.

Samsung Bixby can be used by pressing the dedicated Bixby button or simply saying, "Hi, Bixby".

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The development of Bixby voice capabilities for Indian consumers was carried out at Samsung Research & Development Institute, Bangalore (SRI-B), and Samsung's largest R&D facility outside Korea.

Bixby has been optimised to understand Indian accents. Bixby's deep integration is also built into the smartphone settings so that you can change phone options-such as setting the screen timeout or showing all notifications-without interrupting what you are now doing. "Keeping in mind the diversity in Indian accents and our commitment to "Make for India", Bixby has been optimized to understand Indian accents", said Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India in a press statement. The virtual assistant offers "Quick Commands" feature that allows users to 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".

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