Bixby Finally Comes to Galaxy S8 Users in the US

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile with 9 Comments

Bixby Finally Comes to Galaxy S8 Users in the US

Samsung announced last night that it is finally bringing a full Bixby experience to Galaxy S8 users in the United States. This means that customers will be able to access the voice capabilities of Samsung’s personal digital assistant on their smartphones.

“There are over 10,000 functions on our smartphones, but each day, people may use less than five percent of them,” Samsung executive vice president Injong Rhee says in a prepared statement. “Our goal with Bixby is to make it easier to use our phones, creating the best possible user experience for our customers. That’s why we created Bixby – an intuitive new way to do more things with your phone.”

That’s debatable. Samsung really created Bixby so that it has an alternative to Google Assistant for a possible post-Android world in which the firm moves its devices to Tizen. And that, along with a number of functional issues, makes Bixby a heck of a lot interesting than Samsung claims. But if you’re using a Galaxy S8 (or S8+), you’re pretty much stuck with Bixby. And Samsung has worked to block any workarounds that enable Google Assistant usage.

In any event, Samsung announced Bixby as part of the Galaxy S8 launch event. Two weeks later, however, Samsung revealed that full Bixby functionality, which includes voice control, would not be available to customers in the US at launch. At the time, the firm promised to add this functionality later “this spring.”

Samsung sort-of hit that date by opening up a Bixby Early Access program ahead in late June. But that release was limited to a small audience.

But today, full Bixby functionality, including voice control, is broadly available in the United States. “Bixby [is] fully integrated across several core Samsung apps,” Samsung notes, “with plans to continuously expand to support additional languages, features, third-party apps and devices.” To get this new functionality, just press the Bixby button on your Galaxy S8 or S8+ and accept the update. It is available via AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular in the United States, Samsung says.

 

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9 responses to “Bixby Finally Comes to Galaxy S8 Users in the US”

  1. DaveHelps

    Every time I read "Bixby", I am transported back to X-Wing:


    https://youtu.be/SmQtJ3DI594?t=84

  2. tbsteph

    You are too young. Bill Bixby had a favorite Martian (Early 1960's sitcom).

  3. Martin Pelletier

    Moving to Tizen will be very hard for Samsung. Cutting the cord to Android apps will surely hurt them a lot. But on the other side, that would let other OEM to sell more phones and have more choices.

  4. Angusmatheson

    Has anyone tried it? I would love my digital assistant to do more. I think that this is the next OS/platform - and Amazon/Alexa, AppleP I will always wonder if Dag Kittlaus and Harry Saddler had been supported at Apple so that hey stayed and let Siri grow what it couldn’t have become by today. Just like I wonder if Andy Rubin had stayed at Microsoft after Danger was bought and created the next great mobile OS there. With Bix can they put it all together? Who will find the magic to make it truly useful first?

  5. Tony Barrett

    No doubt Samsung want more control of their phones, but is there really a post-Android option for them now? Android has got Samsung to where they are now with their mobile business - not Bada or Tizen. Android will have to remain Samsung's main focus in established western markets, but in new markets, where they're way more price conscious and not so app dependent, maybe Tizen has a place, but Android is just too big now, and Samsung know that moving away from it will lose them a lot of customers, Bixby or not.

  6. SDreamer

    From what I've read bout Bixby so far and the videos it's like Cortana +1, does a lot of what Cortana does and more honestly. Very people and location centric like how Cortana is. Now if Cortana just friggin worked on Android like it does on Windows Phone... >.> (doesn't read your text messages, etc. why doesn't Skype work for a default messaging app?)

  7. sjpena

    I really wish Samsung would quit trying to build its own apps for the phone. For the most part, I've found them all sub-par. I think it would be great if Samsung would simply let Microsoft build the apps. I truly miss Cortana announcing test messages, a fully-functioning Outlook, etc.

  8. evilwiener975

    What kind of shoe website is this for Samsung? I cannot stand Bixby I cannot stand Samsung what they've done to my life is unconscionable and I can't wait until I break my phone in half with my bare hands. Anybody who taught Samsung and sings it's crazy as he's my enemy because you are obviously working for Samsung. Samsung ruins lives with their phones and charges people $1,000 to have it done to them. But not for much longer. I've had to deal with this for over a year and a half and now I'm working on class action lawsuit that will be filed against Samsung in the near future. It will be the biggest class action of its kind yet in the smartphone industry. Not surpassing the Qualcomm lawsuit currently going on but the largest of its kind regarding phones by a specific manufacturer. I hate Samsung with every inch of my being. And I can't wait to bring the hammer down.

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