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Samsung announced today that users of its Bixby digital assistant will soon be able to use voice control to play music through Spotify. The news, announced by director of product marketing Jonathan Wong onstage at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 reveal, is a welcome addition to the list of Bixby integrations, which so far have been somewhat lacking since the product arrived in the US for the S8 and S8 Plus in July after months of delays.

Billed as a central hub for interacting with computing devices of all types, Bixby is Samsung’s all-in-one answer to Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Samsung’s three-tier approach mixes a voice control interface for talking with your device, a computer vision system for identifying objects through the camera, and an on-screen “Home” menu populated by standard predictive items like weather forecasts and news.

Samsung announced earlier this week that Bixby is now available in more than 200 countries, so the hope is that more people now start taking the assistant out into the real world and using it. That’s where Spotify integration should come in handy, when it does eventually go live at some point later this year.

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