Samsung has today Announced that an update is being rolled out for its digital assistant, Bixby, with support for Indian English. The Bixby 3.0 update is “Intended to control daily scenarios through the new and improved Indian English avatar”, according to the blog post.
What is the benefit of using Indian English, you ask? Samsung says Bixby can now “Understand the names, places, relationships, content and recipes of India” between many other things. Users can even ask the voice assistant to make calls to relatives or family members by saying, “Hello Bixby, call Maa” (Maa = Mother) or “Hello Bixby, call Bhaiya” (Bhaiya = Brother). You’ll need to define the relationships, along with the corresponding contact, in the Bixby app to make use of this nifty new feature.
We first heard about Samsung’s plan to introduce Indian English support a couple of weeks ago. If you open the Bixby app on a compatible device, you will see a banner at the top that says: “Indian English available now!” You can touch this banner to change the wizard language to English (India). This language option will be available by default when setting up new phones. You can see the screenshots of this new feature attached above.
In addition to Indian language support, Bixby can now help you start recording slow motion video, enable power saving mode, turn the wireless hotspot on / off, and remember your vehicle parking spot as well.
The Bixby 3.0 update is currently available on the flagship Galaxy S21 series and the recently launched Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72. Samsung claims that the Galaxy Note 20, S20 and Galaxy Fold series are next to receive the new India-centric features. Go ahead and change the language in the Bixby app if you have one of these supported devices.
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