Samsung will offer select Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners in the U.S. early access to Bixby's upcoming voice-control capabilities, allowing them to play with Samsung's intelligent interface.
Galaxy S8 or S8+ owners can sign up today to participate in the early preview test, which will launch in the "near future" Samsung said. Samsung did not clarify how many people will be able to sign up, but says it's only looking for a "limited" number of beta testers. Those who will try it should have in mind that Samsung will collect information about Bixby's performance on their device.
"We see Bixby as an intelligent interface for your phone - an integral part of our connected ecosystem," said Injong Rhee, CTO and Head of R&D, Software and Services, Samsung Mobile. "From phones, to televisions, to refrigerators, we think that Bixby will provide users with a simpler, more intuitive way to control their favorite devices, and live a more connected life."
Launched this past Spring with Samsung's latest S8 and S8+ smartphones, Bixby is an intelligent interface for using your smartphone. The upcoming Bixby update will give you a new way to interact with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, enabling you to navigate through your phone's apps, services and settings with a mix of voice commands and touch.
Bixby is designed to assist you in completing complex tasks across many apps, to tell you more about what you're looking at and where you are, to learn your routine and remember what you need to do. For example, with one command you can tell Bixby to gather all the photos you took last week into a new album labeled "Vacation," and then share those photos with your friends. You can ask Bixby to take a selfie and text it to someone, or ask Bixby to send your friends your location, and then later remind you where you parked.
Samsung plans to continuously update Bixby, including support for additional languages, features, third-party apps and devices.
To sign up for an advanced look at Bixby Voice, S8 and S8+ owners can visit https://sso-us.samsung.com/sso/profile/bixbyepa.