Bixby Marketplace Launches in U.S.

Bixby Marketplace Launches in U.S.
Samsung's U.S. and South Korean Marketplace launch could be a prelude to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Home.

(CCM) — Samsung phone users can now customize the company's Bixby intelligent assistant by downloading Bixby apps from a dedicated Marketplace launched in the U.S. and South Korea this week.

Some commentators have speculated that this is a sign that Samsung is finally ready to release its much-delayed Galaxy Home smart speaker to compete with Amazon's Echo range and Google's Home devices.

The Bixby apps, which for some reason Samsung is calling "capsules," enable users to customize Bixby by setting these apps as defaults for certain voice commands, according to an Engadget report.

The apps include Google Maps, Spotify, iHeartRadio, NPR, and Yelp, and by setting a particular app such as Spotify as the default for music a user could ask Bixby to play some music to listen to songs streamed from that music streaming service.

The Bixby Marketplace offers the usual app store features such as user reviews, staff picks, and categories to help users find interesting apps.

To browse the Bixby Marketplace, Samsung phone users in the two launch countries can press the Bixby button and then swipe left. The company has not revealed if or when the Marketplace will be expanded to cover other countries as well.

Image: © Kobby Dagan -