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Samsung's Bixby can now clone your voice to answer your calls
- Samsung is updating Bixby with more AI smarts.
- The digital assistant can now clone the voice and tone of its users to answer phone calls on their behalf.
Samsung first introduced Bixby Text Calling alongside One UI 5.0 at its developer conference in 2022. The feature only became official with the Galaxy S23 series and One UI 5.1. It lets you answer calls by simply typing a message.
So when your phone rings, you’ll see an option to type out a message. Instead of sending that message as a text, Bixby converts it into a voice message and dictates it to the caller on the other line. Samsung has now detailed how the feature works exactly, and the best part is it can read out these text messages in your voice.
Users can record different sentences for Bixby to analyze and create an AI-generated copy of their voice and tone. In other words, Bixby can literally clone your voice to answer calls. Creepy, yet useful.
Currently, Bixby’s voice cloning feature is only available in Korean. However, English speakers worldwide can use the text Bixby Text Calling to answer calls. It just won’t be in their own voice. Samsung plans to expand the availability of this generated voice feature to more languages and other Samsung apps.
Meanwhile, Bixby is also getting smarter overall. It can now better understand intent and process follow-up requests by understanding context and associating words previously used in interactions. The digital assistant’s on-device computing functions have also improved, allowing users to run key commands offline, such as setting a timer, taking a screenshot, or turning on the flashlight.
All the above-mentioned updates to Bixby will roll out to Samsung Galaxy users this month via a software update.