Samsung has opened the Bixby Marketplace to users in the U.S and Korea. The Marketplace is a shop within the Bixby main page that encompasses all of Bixby’s capsules, or services such as Google Maps, iHeartRadio, and Spotify. It allows users to customize their experiences based on past actions. For example, if a user tells Bixby to get them a ride to the airport, they will be prompted with a few different Rideshare capsules. After picking their preferred option, Bixby will remember the provider and will automatically default to it for future rides. A press release from Samsung reads,
“The ability for users to customize their own personal Bixby experience allows them to easily incorporate a wide range of capsules into their everyday lives.”
For the future, Samsung is planning more improvements to the Bixby Marketplace in the form of additional capsules and other updates to be announced at the upcoming Samsung Developer Conference 2019 on October 29th and 30th. The event will take place in San Jose, California, according to the press release from Samsung.
Bixby Marketplace. Photo provided by Samsung.
Samsung vs. Google vs. Amazon
Samsung’s capsules mimic the skills of Amazon Alexa as well as the actions of Google Assistant. In the past year alone, Google Assistant’s actions more than doubled, bringing its total number to over 56,750 as of February of 2019. However, Amazon Alexa still has 92.5% more skills than the Google Assistant, potentially due to the fact that it has been in the marketplace for two years longer than Google Assistant. Currently, there are only 58 capsules in the Bixby Marketplace, as it has only been released since July 1st, 2019. Clearly, Samsung has a lot of catching up to due to compete with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the two most popular voice assistants on the market today.