"Bixby, capture the current screen on my smartphone and send it to Kim Hyung-wook by message." It took less than 0.5 second for the Samsung Galaxy S8's artificial intelligence voice-to-task function to capture the screen and activate the message app to send the capture image. But it was kind enough to leave the decision to press the send button to the user. Galaxy S8's Bixby is not just an app but something that can run several apps to perform certain voice commands.
The reporter tested the new phone for about 30 minutes at Lincoln Center in Manhattan where the Galaxy S8 unpacking ceremony was held. The most notable feature in the S8 is an AI voice assistant Bixby. In order for the user to give a voice command to Bixby, she has to talk while pressing the Bixby button located below the volume button on the device's left side.
Bixby showed photos taken on the same day saved in the phone when told to "Show me photos taken today." To the reporter's command "Move all the photos to a new folder named New York trip," Bixby did exactly what it was commanded. A Samsung Electronics official who helped the reporter in figuring out how to use the latest phone said, "The Bixby service will be upgraded constantly so that users can easily connect the phone with the TV or any other home appliance."
Bixby is also equipped with a functionality called "Vision" that provides information by recognizing things through the camera. For example, it showed a list of similar cola bottle images after the reporter took a picture of a Coca-Cola bottle. With the press of the shopping button on the bottom of the screen, information popped up to show items for purchase from shopping sites such as Amazon.
The reporter also tested its face recognition. In order to register the reporter's face in the smartphone, he had to go to the screen lock menu from Setup. He looked at the screen to register the face and the system recognized in a fraction of a second. He then tried to unlock the phone screen by putting his face on the screen with the power button pressed. The screen was unlocked immediately. The reporter registered his face with his glasses on, but the face recognition feature had no problem recognizing the face without his glasses on.
The Galaxy S8 follows Samsung's signature curved-edge design that makes the device easy to grab. Even with the large size of 5.8 inches (14.7 cm), the reporter had little problem grabbing it. The new model comes in five different colors including midnight black, orchid grey, arctic silver, coral blue, and maple gold. Orchid grey is the color that has never been introduced in previous models.