Samsung Opens Up Bixby Early Access for Galaxy S8 Users in the U.S.

Posted on June 18, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 6 Comments

Samsung Opens Up Bixby Early Access for Galaxy S8 Users in the U.S.

One of the goofier things about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is that these flagship handsets shipped without one their core features—voice control for the Bixby digital personal assistant—in the United States. But now the firm has opened up an Early Access program ahead of its broader release.

“We see Bixby as an intelligent interface for your phone [and] an integral part of our connected ecosystem,” Samsung Software and Services CTO Injong Rhee said. “From phones, to televisions, to refrigerators, we think that Bixby will provide users with a simpler, more intuitive way to control their favorite devices, and live a more connected life.”

That can’t happen until Bixby is fully working on your phone, of course. And Bixby won’t be fully working until it supports voice commands in your language.

If you’re interested in trying out this functionality ahead of the general release, you can sign-up now. Samsung notes that participation is limited, so you should move quickly.

“New voice features are coming to Bixby and we’re inviting you to get access first,” the early access site notes. “Bixby is built into the Galaxy S8 and S8+, so you can send texts, change your settings or make a call by simply holding down the Bixby button and speaking. Because Bixby learns and adapts to you, you can speak naturally knowing that Bixby will better understand nearly everything you say.”


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6 responses to “Samsung Opens Up Bixby Early Access for Galaxy S8 Users in the U.S.”

  1. Rcandelori

    Would have been smarter to partner with Microsoft to use Cortana rather than re-invent the wheel.

    • kjb434

      agreed, or at least when you go to the MS store to get the MS version they give you the opportunity to replace Bixby and Google Now. In reply to Rcandelori:

    • chrisrut

      In reply to Rcandelori: Agreed - I see a Tower of Babel forming as multiple independent agents quarrel over who's controlling what, or worse, as manufacturers try to bind us to a single provider for all our connected devices. Which self-evidently is NOT going to happen... so a "hub" device or software will be needed that speaks in many tongues, so to speak.

  2. SRLRacing

    I have an S8+ and I have to say Bixby is nice to look at but really useless for how I use these assistant features. I end up using Google for its news feed and weather and Cortana for reminders and anything else that I might want to transfer to my PC.

    I just applied to be in the program in hopes of getting features in the future fast-tracked.

  3. Angusmatheson

    I believe that the natural language UI is the UI of the future. What is interesting to me is that Apple saw that now what a time and bought Siri. And then let it lavish. I wonder why? Not built here? Steve Jobs sickness causing a lack of leadership? iPhone focus seeing Siri as as tool to sell iPhones and not the future platform. Whatever you say, Apple did see the vision of Siri first. And although Siri is in many ways behind Google Assistant, Alexa, and Cortana...I don't think the story is over. Who will make the best one? It seems like google totally should...but it still hasn't dominated in the way I expected it. Alexa surprised everyone...but can it get beyond the echo (and especially into your phone). I've never used Cortana, despite lots of encouragement from Windows. And can it escape it's box? And now Bixby. Samsung is an amazing hardware company, but it's software has not been amazing. Can it change now? This will be an exciting time. How this always on voice assistance will change our relationship to computers and change the world as a whole I think will be profound. Which companies will be there and who will be left behind?

  4. evox81

    The Bixby feature I'm waiting for: Disabling the damn Bixby button on the side!

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