MCPL book drops are now open. Curbside service will begin May 18. Learn more about curbside service and MCPL's response to COVID-19. Our virtual branch is available 24/7.


All MCPL branches will be closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day.

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
spring flower

Spring Cleaning and Your Phone

Spring is in the air!
Read More
Kansas City vs San Francisco: Part 3

Kansas City vs San Francisco: Part Three

In the fi
Read More

Was this page helpful? Yes No