Speak up, Samsung users, Bixby is listening

Voice capabilities have been added to Samsung phones.
Voice capabilities have been added to Samsung phones. Contributed

IT MIGHT not yet understand "G'day mate, throw another prawn on the barbie” but Samsung's rival to Apple's Siri will finally work on the latest Galaxy phones in Australia.

Samsung announced last week that Bixby's voice capabilities have been expanded to more than 200countries, including Australia.

Voice-driven software is becoming increasingly important with the advent ofGoogle's Home product, Amazon's Alexa service and Apple's recent ramping up of Siri capabilities.

Samsung believes Bixby's intelligent interface will change the way we use our smartphones - allowing users to do everything from take a selfie to have Bixby read the latest Facebook Messenger messages while people are driving.

It uses a series of quick commands that reduce the need to type multiple questions or commands.

For example, you could say "goodnight” and Bixby could turn on do-not-disturb mode on your phone and set an alarm.

"Bixby is designed to also understand the way you actually speak, ask questions and make requests,” Samsung said in astatement.

Samsung says it has been working in Australia to build Aussie vernacular into the commands, adding that what is there now will be improved as more and more Australians use the Bixby system to interact with their phone.

Samsung is releasing tutorials to show people how they can make full use of Bixby.

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