1. AdamHLG's Avatar
    I have a friend named Arik. However Bixby interprets it every time as Eric. Problem is, it will not find his contact record to make a call or text. Changing the spelling of his contact record in Contacts is not an option because I am way too OCD change it.

    So Bixby has the button to "teach it" and I changed the spelling 4 times to keep trying. However Bixby always heard me as Eric.

    Any ideas? I wish there could be a way to manually create an alias so that a spoken command translates to a different spelling.
    07-20-2017 06:15 PM
  2. munnarg's Avatar
    Try using Google Assistant to accomplish the same task to see if it gets the name correct. It might just be a matter of your pronunciation if they both have the same issue.

    I have a friend named Arik. However Bixby interprets it every time as Eric. Problem is, it will not find his contact record to make a call or text. Changing the spelling of his contact record in Contacts is not an option because I am way too OCD change it.

    So Bixby has the button to "teach it" and I changed the spelling 4 times to keep trying. However Bixby always heard me as Eric.

    Any ideas? I wish there could be a way to manually create an alias so that a spoken command translates to a different spelling.
    07-20-2017 06:26 PM
  3. AdamHLG's Avatar
    I will try that but I can say that using Google voice dictation instead of typing during text messages does spell it correctly.
    07-20-2017 06:33 PM
  4. Tim1954's Avatar
    Does Arik have a surname? Can Bixby find Arik Smith for example...?
    07-20-2017 07:01 PM
  5. mlblack16's Avatar
    I have a friend named Arik. However Bixby interprets it every time as Eric. Problem is, it will not find his contact record to make a call or text. Changing the spelling of his contact record in Contacts is not an option because I am way too OCD change it.

    So Bixby has the button to "teach it" and I changed the spelling 4 times to keep trying. However Bixby always heard me as Eric.

    Any ideas? I wish there could be a way to manually create an alias so that a spoken command translates to a different spelling.
    Similar issue with one of my contacts. Bixby just isn't learning the name.
    07-20-2017 07:02 PM
  6. AdamHLG's Avatar
    He has a surname and it also has an uncommon spelling which is not picked up correctly by Bixby but is picked up by Google during voice texting. I didn't list the surname as I didn't want to put his name out on the internet.
    07-20-2017 07:13 PM
  7. digitalbreak's Avatar
    You can probably add a Quick Command with the right values to see if that works.
    07-20-2017 08:47 PM
  8. Tim1954's Avatar
    Perhaps if you put his surname in with his first name (Arik Smith) the machine would understand a longer word and your OCD wouldn't be offended... ;-)
    07-20-2017 11:50 PM
  9. wrich2005's Avatar
    tell your friend his parents spelled his name wrong he should change it
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    07-20-2017 11:51 PM
  10. Stevenmc8602's Avatar
    tell your friend his parents spelled his name wrong he should change it
    Lol
    07-20-2017 11:58 PM
  11. AdamHLG's Avatar
    tell your friend his parents spelled his name wrong he should change it
    Lol in fact that is exactly what I texted him (he has same phone and we were playing with Bixby together so he got the joke too)
    07-21-2017 03:24 AM
  12. digitalbreak's Avatar
    Jokes aside, here is what I would suggest you do. In the Contacts app, open your friends contact item and edit his nickname. For example, I have Wife as the nickname for my wife instead of her lengthy name. Now, this will be recognized by the Messages apps as well WhatsApp app. So then, in my case, I just tell Bixby:

    "Open WhatsApp and send the message I will be late for dinner to my wife"

    That should work for you.
    AdamHLG likes this.
    07-21-2017 10:46 PM
  13. AdamHLG's Avatar
    This does seem to work! Thank you I had no idea the nickname field even existed let alone had functionality beyond a simple text field.
    digitalbreak likes this.
    07-22-2017 09:48 AM
  14. Doug Moffat's Avatar
    Don't understand. Can't you create a contact for friend or buddy, etc.?
    07-22-2017 11:53 AM
  15. steveh552's Avatar
    It does this to one of my kids, and his name is a common name with the common spelling. I have tried to "teach" Bixby several times but it just does not work.
    07-22-2017 06:40 PM
  16. Tim1954's Avatar
    Well I'll be.....! I didn't know about the nickname thing! You learn something every day! You're a clever bunch here!:-)
    07-24-2017 01:09 AM
  17. Cary Quinn's Avatar
    I had to play with this before I responded, probably too late for the OP, but it might help others.

    Bixby can recognize if you spell something out. So if you give it the command and spell the name of the contact it might be better able to recognize which one you want. But the Nickname option is probably a safer bet.
    10-21-2017 08:39 PM
  18. pittster's Avatar
    I had the same problem. And decided to try spelling it out. Definitely works
    10-23-2017 03:09 PM
  19. Jolinda's Avatar
    I was very hopeful the nickname trick would help me as well. Google voice dictation does not recognize the correct spelling of my name, although it is spelled appropriately under my nickname . It comes up with one of the following three options jolynda Joe Linda or Chill Linda, none of which are Jolinda.
    Does anybody have any other Great Brain storms out there? Obviously this is a word that I use frequently! Haha!
    10-23-2017 04:34 PM
  20. Jolinda's Avatar
    I was very hopeful the nickname trick would help me as well. Google voice dictation does not recognize the correct spelling of my name, although it is spelled appropriately under my nickname . It comes up with one of the following three options jolynda Joe Linda or Chill Linda, none of which are Jolinda.
    Does anybody have any other Great Brain storms out there? Obviously this is a word that I use frequently! Haha!
    10-23-2017 04:34 PM
  21. Yunus Rajabiy's Avatar
    Bigsby has a very poor pronunciation sometimes I can barely understand her.

    Eg. At night I asked her what time it was she would answer It’s to 42am. And I was loke WTF do you mean... what she meant was it’s TWO 42am! But it sounded like “to” because she didnt pronounce it with a right timing. So I had a to lay there and figure what the hell does she mean to 42?
    01-03-2018 04:57 AM
  22. Yunus Rajabiy's Avatar
    I asked bixby a question during night time while a flashlight was on... for some reason she turned off the flash light before answering... and she does so many random stupid things of similar stupidity... it’s becoming annoying... that I dont want to help it anymore... and she many times answers inappropriately “which one”. As if I asked her about certain thing. The bot is extremely lame for our times... I had a bot 10 years ago that was more intelligent than global bixby
    Madam ImAdam likes this.
    01-03-2018 05:07 AM

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