Bixby: The voice assistant from Samsung, which hasn’t really caught on so far. Many Samsung phone and smartwatch owners prefer to use the Google Assistant instead.
In the past, Samsung released smartphones with a dedicated Bixby button. However, this additional button on the side of the case could not be freely assigned.
A new music feature for all Galaxy Watches with WearOS could now persuade some users to return to Samsung’s voice assistant.
Bixby becomes Shazam on your wrist
With version 3.0.09.12 Bixby Voice on WearOS gains the ability to identify music by listening. With a simple voice command, it is possible to ask Bixby what music is currently playing and the voice assistant will answer after a short while which song is recognized.
Of course, music recognition in this style is nothing new, as it has long been possible with apps like Shazam. The big advantage here is the direct access via the Galaxy Watch, which makes it a little more practical to use than a smartphone app.
The colleagues from 9to5Google have already tested the new feature and can confirm that it is still working slowly but accurately.
Additionally, the Bixby Voice user interface has been slightly redesigned. When you activate the voice assistant, you will now see a small gear wheel at the bottom that takes you directly to the voice and language settings.
Older Samsung cell phones also recently received an update that added a feature to the newer Galaxy cell phones. You can read more about this here:
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What do you think of this update? Can this feature convince you to use Bixby for your Galaxy Watch? What features should Bixby get to be competitive? Or do you think Samsung should adjust Bixby better? If you use Bixby regularly yourself: What can you report and are you satisfied? Tell us what you think about it in the comments!