Samsung’s first personal assistant program Bixby, off late, has been hitting the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Users of Galaxy S8 and S8+ on Verizon network found that the image recognition feature on Bixby (in short Bixby Vision), which was available at the time of launch, was removed later. In fact, Verizon too officially confirmed about the feature not working and promised to resolve the issue.
Keeping its promise, the carrier has started rolling out an update which enables the Bixby Vision on Galaxy S8 and S8+. With Bixby Vision you just need to point your S8/S8+ camera at an object or a location and it will show what all you can do. For example, if you direct your camera to an object, say a watch, the Bixby Vision will provide you a list of the online stores where you can purchase the watch.
Samsung has joined hands with five standalone apps for Bixby Vision to improve the user experience: Amazon for shopping, Pinterest for similar images, Foursquare for identifying places and landmarks, Google Translate for translating text and Vivino for Wine search. Now, the update released by Verizon for Bixby Vision works for the Amazon shopping app.
Launched with Galaxy S8 and S8+ in March, the text, touch and voice based combination of Bixby was not working full-fledged at the time of release. In fact, Samsung had announced during its launch that it will activate the voice recognition and other features in Bixby later. Sticking to its promise, Samsung did activate the Bixby Voice feature in Korea on May 1st and with it other services such as ‘Bixby Vision’ and ‘Bixby Home’ got activated in Samsung Galaxy S8 series. However, Samsung is yet to roll out the Bixby voice recognition outside the home country.