How to get the most out of Bixby

abraham kang
October 25, 2017

When Bixby was conceived, it wasn’t envisioned to be a clone of Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, or Cortana.  Instead, Samsung designed Bixby to help make interactions with your devices easier.  To get the most out of Bixby, you need to keep in mind how you interact with your device, as well as with your installed apps.

How Bixby helps you interact with your device

When you are thinking about what commands to give Bixby, use the existing mobile application user interface as a guide.  Look at the hamburger menu (usually in the top left or right corners of the screen) and try using statements like, “Open AppName and show [menu item name].” If the UI provides a method of adding a payment method in the app then try, “Open AppName and add a [payment method | credit card].” If you want to take a selfie try, “Take a selfie.”  Bixby tries to make it easier to interact with the UI of the supported Android applications.  Try to think of the interactions between you and your mobile apps then do what comes natural.

Try using Bixby to get help with other apps on your device   

Now that you are getting the feel of Bixby pull down from the top of your screen and take a look at the quick settings you can set.  

 

Let’s say you’re in your hotel room and you don’t want to pay for hotel Wi-Fi.  How would you turn on/off the phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot?  

What if your battery is running low?  How would you turn on/off the Power Saving Mode?

Or you are playing an intense VR game.  How would you turn on/off the Performance Mode?

Let’s say you want to change your default browser.  How can you find which app is selected as the default browser app by the Android OS?  Do you remember how to navigate to your selected default apps?  Instead of having to remember such details, it would be easier to just ask Bixby to show you the “default app settings”.

Let’s say you are eating a barbecue sandwich that is dripping with sauce in one hand and you want to take a picture.  How would you use your device to take a picture with a five-second timer/delay?  

Another interesting feature is “Global Click Action”.  With Global Click Action you can click most text buttons on an Android app screen by saying, “Click [text on button].”

How would you tell Bixby to click the Hotel Zico tile?

 

If you said, “Click Hotel Zico” then you are correct.

How would you tell Bixby to click the Stress button?

 

If you said, “Click Stress” then you are correct.

Let’s say you are curious why your battery percentage has dropped more than usual in the last two hours. How would you ask Bixby to show your battery usage? 

Did you hear about a new mobile virus or ransomware hitting users?  How would you ask Bixby to show you any software updates that are available that may patch these?

Let’s say are feeling dizzy and you think that your heart is beating irregularly.  How would you ask Bixby to measure your heart rate?

Let’s say you are having an important conversation and want to configure or set the ringer to vibration/sound? How would you use Bixby to help you here?

Or perhaps you want to try out using your eyes to securely unlock your phone.  How would you use Bixby to configure iris authentication?

Maybe you want to just look at the phone to unlock it.  How would you ask Bixby to configure face authentication or set up face unlock?

Try using Bixby to perform device app tasks. Bixby is designed to help you use the apps on your device easier.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

Summary 

If you try out the commands described in this blog via Siri or Google Assistant, you will discover that these types of commands only work on Bixby. Bixby is designed to help you interact with your device and device apps more easily and efficiently.  In this first iteration of Bixby, look to the user interface as a guide for the commands to try.  In the future, Samsung will continue to update Bixby with additional intuitive and efficiency-enhancing commands.