Samsung today announced the rollout of Bixby Voice for all Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users in the United States. The official launch comes after a month Samsung started the Bixby Voice preview for select users. Updated Bixby now allows users to “navigate through select phone apps, services and settings with a combination of voice commands and touch,” which means users can ask Bixby to take a screenshot, selfie, turn on the flashlight or even create an album from the pictures that were taken last week or even make it remember the location of the parked car.
Bixby is deeply integrated into the operating system that allows it to emulate touch commands via voice. It even works with third-party apps like Google Maps, Google Play Music, YouTube, Facebook with more third-party app support in the coming months.
Interestingly, to boost the use of Bixby, Samsung is incentivising by enabling users to earn experience points (XPs) and starting today through September 14, 2017, users can convert points into Samsung Rewards points.
To enable Bixby’s voice-based capabilities, users can press the Bixby button to update the software, after which Bixby can be activated by holding the dedicated button or by saying, “Hi, Bixby.”