Returns: Book Drops Only. Holds Pick-Up: Curbside or Drive-Up Service. In-Branch: Computers, printing, fax, and copiers. Virtual Branch is available 24/7. Learn more about MCPL's pandemic response.

Note: The North Independence Branch and Farview Neighborhood Library will be temporarily closed due to potential COVID-19 exposure as of Thursday, October 29, but the North Independence Branch will be open as an election polling location on November 3. The Kearney Branch has reopened with curbside service as of  Friday, October 30 and will resume in-branch technology services on Monday, November 2. Learn more.

Back to top

The New Samsung Assistant: Bixby

Published on Mon, 01/06/2020 - 11:11am

What Is Bixby?

In a nutshell, Bixby is a voice assistant that serves as Samsung’s answer to other voice assistants, such as Siri (Apple) and Alexa (Amazon).

What Advantages Does It Have?

When compared with other smart assistants, there are a few advantages to Bixby. Bixby is able to execute a variety of commands on your Samsung phone—from simple requests, such as “call” or “text” a specific contact, to more complex commands like remembering where you parked and more!

Bixby allows you to create routines that are activated with simple voice commands. Using Bixby home, you can determine certain functions that will happen at a certain time. For example, you could create a bedtime routine that includes things like silencing your ringer and turning on your alarm clock. You can choose as many functions to activate as you want. And, by using “Quick Commands,” you can enable this routine with a customized command, such as “Good Night.”

Who Can Use Bixby?

Bixby is currently compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+, and the Galaxy Note 8. In addition, the Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator has Bixby to make working in the kitchen more hands-free, and Samsung’s 2018 TVs feature Bixby as well. Bixby is even available through some third-party apps. Samsung is working to make Bixby available on all their devices in the future.

Bixby is a great asset for anyone with a Samsung device who has mobility or vision issues—or just for people who want a more hands-off experience. If you’d like to learn more about Bixby or other voice assistants, consider registering for a Tech Talk program at an MCPL branch near you!

Emily D.
Excelsior Springs Branch

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.

Resources You May Also Like

Blogs You May Also Like


From MCPL Board President: Trans 101

By now, many of you have heard about the controversy surrounding a program Mid-Continent Public Library
Read More
artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence and Public Libraries

Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to attend the Urban
Read More

Find All Your Favorite Magazines at MCPL!

Magazines! They’re a staple of every doctor’s office and airport terminal.
Read More

Was this page helpful? Yes No