Samsung Launches Bixby Marketplace In US, South Korea

Posted: Jul 1 2019, 5:47am CDT | by , in Technology News

Samsung launches Bixby Marketplace in US, South Korea
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The new catalog for Bixby commands is eerily similar with Amazon's Alexa Skills.

Samsung has opened a new online marketplace where developers who create Bixby services can offer their solutions to users whose devices are integrated with Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant that rivals Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.

The Bixby Marketplace first rolled out in the U.S. and Samsung’s home market of South Korea. The platform is like a regular app store, but is specially designed as a catalog exclusively for Bixby-related services, or as Samsung calls it, "capsules," such as those that are involved in productivity, games, communication, travel and transportation, education and reference, food and drink, music and audio, photography, shopping, business and finance, among others.

Users will be able to access Bixby Marketplace through the Bixby main page, where they only need to swipe left to reach the marketplace. Users can search for the capsules they need by scanning through categories or tell Bixby what service they need. For example, a user can tell Bixby to “Get me a ride to San Francisco airport,” and Bixby will prompt the user to select the Rideshare capsules.

The Bixby Marketplace somewhat mirrors Amazon’s Alexa Skills. On its website, Amazon is offering a number of Alexa Skills from business and finance, communication, connected car to food and drink, games and trivia, health and fitness, news, music and audio, to movies and TV, home services, among a number of other skills. The most popular Alexa Skills on Amazon’s website are commands like:

“Alexa, open MTV”

“Alexa, play Disney Hits Challenge”

“Alexa, play Jeopardy”

“Alexa, open Rain Sounds”

Meanwhile, Samsung said it will continue updating Bixby and the Bixby Marketplace to support developers’ products and enhance the user experience. The updates are expected to be announced at the upcoming Samsung Developer Conference 2019 from Oct. 29 to 30 in San Jose, California, about a year after Samsung officially unveiled the Bixby Developer Center, allowing third-party developers to create voice-enabled apps using artificial intelligence software.

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