Samsung has released his own version of Amazon’s Alexa with Bixby Capsules. The company launched the Bixby Marketplace which is a one-stop shop for users to browse and add a wide range of services (known as Bixby capsules).
In Bixby marketplace, users can browse for “Bixby capsules.” Though it sounds like a prescription drug, these tools are similar to Amazon’s Alexa skills that let you easily access certain functionalities of an app with a voice command. Bixby offers quick commands that integrate with third-party apps, however, the marketplace makes it easier to browse through different categories of apps, like games, productivity, travel, and music. Users can also customize their capsule to a specific need.
Samsung claims Bixby marketplace and capsules won’t allow visual ads, though it isn’t clear if audio-based ads (like the experimental one users heard on the Google Assistant purporting to promote a Disney movie) will be allowed.
With the launch of Bixby marketplace, Samsung is hoping to get more developers on the Bixby platform and says it plans to unveil later this fall at Samsung’s developer conference in San Jose, CA. Users in the US and Korea can start using the marketplace today.
How Bixby Capsules Works
It is all about searching for capsules and searching by capsule name, developer or keyword makes it easy to find the capsules you need. Capsules can be added with a single tap of a button, and users can also rate and review capsules to ensure the highest quality Bixby capsules are the most visible to users in the Bixby Marketplace.
Users access the Bixby Marketplace from the Bixby main page. Once the user launches the Bixby main page by pressing the Bixby key, they swipe left to get to the Bixby Marketplace. Capsules are organized by categories such as Productivity, Business, and Finance, Sports, Shopping, etc.
For further customization, users can set a capsule as the “preferred capsule” for certain types of requests. For instance, if a user says “Get me a ride to Los Angeles airport”, Bixby will prompt the user to pick one of the supported Rideshare capsules. Users will have the option to set their favorite provider as their preferred Rideshare capsule.