Not only is big data one of the fastest growing tech jobs, it also seems to be the culprit behind Samsung’s personal assistant Bixby from not releasing.
When the Galaxy S8 came out in the United States this year it lacked the voice assistant similar to Apple’s Siri. Korean fans were able to get their voice assistant on launch. The English version apparently had some kinks it had to work out.
For Bixby to be effective it relies on big data. The engineers at Samsung can steer the software in the right direction but it ultimately is up to the users and their feedback that allows Bixby to know how to best accomplish the user’s commands.
In order to get the ball rolling, Samsung released Bixby last month in an open beta program. The beta users have started to improve the service before the official launch.
It’s no secret that Google has a wealth of big data/voice data at it’s fingertips. It’s no wonder that android’s assistant was able to launch in a timely fashion.
If you think about it, nothing is truly free. We all use Siri/Google assistant and soon Bixby without paying extra. Our input is processed and used by these big corporations. Samsung just has some catching up to do.
How long will disgruntled Samsung users wait before launch? No official timeline has been given for the launch. Many speculate that Bixby will be up and ready when the Galaxy Note 8 appears in the final quarter of the year.
Large markets like India and China will surely be next on the battle ground for Samsung’s voice assistant.
How useful are voice assistants to you? (let me know in the comments below)
I tend to use Siri when I’m driving my car. I’ll send a text to a friend to let them know I’ll be there soon without having to pickup the phone. There are a couple of the issues that frustrate me.
If the music is up loud, siri’s automatic listening feature does not work.
I’d love to have a conversation with my phone (Bixby)
“Hey Bixby, are there any cheap gas stations along my rout?”
“Yes, there’s one for $2.99/gallon. Would you like me to set a course there?”
“I’ve noticed you’re moving again. I’m going to set a course for your previous destiation”
“Thanks Bixby. Can you throw on that play-list I was just listening to?”
“Sure. It also looks like you got a new email. Would you like me to read it to you over the music?”
I feel like a back and forth would really up the usefulness of voice assistants.
I’m excited to see that competition is healthy in the voice assistant territory. Who will rise above the rest? Will it be Samsung’s new Bixby? Apple’s darling Siri? Google’s assistant? Or Alexa?
Let me know which ones you use. If anyone is part of the Bixby beta, I’d love to hear how it’s turning out.