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Bixby Siri Shortcuts routine: Samsung and Apple switch roles?


We're slowly but definitely up to the point where we'll have some nasty automation options on our smartphones. It all started years ago with an app like ITTT (if this was then it), which allows users to select and automate certain settings whenever certain conditions are met. Then, there is an application called Workflow for iOS, which offers the same thing but for a limited sort of since-you know-iOS does not let 3rd party developers to Tooch too much shut down.

But then Apple buys the Workflow app and the team behind it to create Siri Shortcuts — the iOS 12 Automation app, which lets you create some pretty nasty and off-The-Wall recipes. Samsung is quick to respond with Bixby's own routine, which offers the same.

Here's The kicker. From both, we'll say that Bixby routines is a simple, clean, and user-friendly solution. Siri Shortcuts is... Crazy – it's super-capable and there's some pretty impressive user-generated automation out there. But it's so hard to wrap your mind around, it feels like you need basic programming skills to get something going with it. Here's how they look:


Creating a routine in Bixby is pretty straightforward. You just start a new recipe and choose from a list of conditions – if you are in a specific location and/or if the phone is connected to something specific and/or if you open a specific application, then do one of the following actions. You are presented with a basic list of actions to choose from, which include shutting down the phone, locking the rotation screen, sending do not disturb me text messages, and so on. It's very simple, it's easy to wrap your mind around. Drawback? It can be limiting and you can not do anything too crazy with it. This is useful, but not crazy automation by itself.

The series shortcuts are slightly different. You cannot have the app continuously monitor the conditions to automatically do the thing for you. Instead, Shortcuts is an automatic string of multiple actions, which can be activated by you, the user. Wrap your mind around how to make one of these and what you can actually do with them is... Hard! Fortunately, there is a library of pre-made shortcuts as well as many people your user created can get off the Internet. Yes, Shortcuts is shareable, thankfully for that. Just check out this recipe we dropped from Gallery – it lets you select multiple photos and make them into a collage.

But there is light in the Apple tunnel

iOS 13 Beta here and Shortcuts only BI-i-it's different on it. There's a new  "Automation " tab at the bottom. And, as the name suggests, the Automations series looks and works very similarly to Bixby routines. In other words, coming iOS 13, the iPhone will have both Super-complex benefits but it is also highly capable of the Shortcuts series and the simplicity of the Automations series.


We want to know if Samsung will come with an answer for this by giving us a stronger and diverse Bixby routine toggles.