It’s been more than a year since we first met the Bixby virtual assistant on the Galaxy S8, and until now we’ve seen relatively little in terms of substantive improvements.
In fact, the version of Bixby installed on the new Galaxy S9 isn’t that much better than what shipped on last year’s Samsung flagships.
For its part, the Korean tech giant is trying to make Bixby more relevant to its users. Case in point, this week we’ve learned that Samsung has partnered up with Toronto-based company theScore to allow users in the US to have access to live sports scores via the Bixby Home service.
Bixby just got more useful
Sports fans will be able to access sports headlines and live scores for the 2018 World Cup, NFL Football, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey and EPL Soccer through the theScore app. You’ll have to swipe right on the home screen to the Bixby Home service to get started.
What’s more, sports fans get to personalize their experience. For example, you can pick your favorite team and leagues, so that the app will know to display these results on top.
The feature is available on select Samsung Galaxy devices, including the latest Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
If you want more info beyond a simple score or news headline, you can tap on theScore’s content card on Bixby. This will take you to the app itself (if installed on the device) or to the webpage where you can see more details.
Up until now, Bixby has been the provider of news, weather, fitness and other information. And starting this week, Bixby Home will be incorporating sports content as well. This is a handy addition especially with the World Cup 2018 still going on.