Samsung may use Bixby for voice-guided initial setup on the Galaxy S9/S9+

Samsung’s voice assistant, Bixby, had a rocky launch in 2017, but it was able to rebound, thanks to a handful of updates that expanded its functionality and capabilities. It may not the perfect AI assistant out there, but Samsung is still working toward fulfilling its initial vision. We even learned recently that the company intends Bixby to be one of the defining features of the Galaxy S9, along with the revamped camera.

What this entails exactly, we don’t know for sure at this point, though it’s a relatively safe bet that Bixby will have learned plenty …


Report: Bixby powered Samsung smart speaker to launch in the first half of next year

Amazon’s category creating Amazon Echo first was offered widely in the U.S. during the summer of 2015. Since then, the combination of a speaker and a virtual assistant has become such a big hit that almost every major consumer tech company has developed a smart speaker of its own. Google has Google Home featuring Google Assistant, and the Microsoft Invoke is equipped with Cortana. The Apple HomePod, now expected to launch early next year, carries Siri, and Sony’s smart speaker will come with Google Assistant.

Earlier this year, there was a rumor that Samsung was going to produce a smart …

Bye, Bixby: Update lets you disable the Bixby button on Samsung's Galaxies

Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 users have learned to live with the Bixby button by now, either loving the functionality or totally ignoring its existence. Samsung is notoriously still playing catch with all modders who develop remapping apps that allow you to hijack the hardware button and use it for other purposes, but recently, the South Korean giant has caved in a bit.
Thanks to a recent update, the Bixby button will no longer launch Bixby Home or wake up your device from sleep, if you have it setup this way from Bixby settings.
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Samsung unveils Bixby 2.0 as it tries to catch up with the competition

The second generation of Samsung’s virtual personal assistant Bixby was announced today during the manufacturer’s developer conference in San Francisco. Bixby will now “act as the control hub of your device ecosystem,” meaning that like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, the smart appliances found inside your smart home can be controlled with the latest version of Bixby. 

To allow Bixby to be able to turn on and off items like a smart thermostat or a smart lamp, Samsung will release its new Bixby software development kit, making it available to developers starting today. The manufacturer …

We could see Bixby 2.0 at Samsung's Developer Conference next week

This coming Wednesday, October 18th, Samsung will be holding its annual Developer Conference in San Francisco. During the event, we could see Bixby 2.0 unveiled. The virtual personal assistant made its debut on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+, and now Samsung wants to find third party products and non-smartphone devices that can benefit from having Bixby 2.0 on board.

Unfortunately for Samsung, Bixby has not been warmly welcomed by the public. Problems getting the virtual assistant to understand English forced it to be delayed for about two months. In addition, there seems to …

After the Bixby button, Samsung disables the Bixby chief

The latest Samsung software update gives you the ability to completely disable the physical button that launches its Bixby virtual assistant on the latest high-end Galaxy phones. That’s right – you can either launch Bixby with that nice clicky button on the left, or nothing at all. 

Samsung apparently has a small team working on Bixby, and they’ve kept themselves pretty occupied with how to make the thing run in English for months, so, unsure about the pace of development, Samsung spared us yet another smart speaker with a digital butler built in.
The …

Alleged cases for Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2018) show off Bixby button, hint at Infinity Display

Samsung’s Galaxy A series is one of its… less exciting ones. Up until this year’s introduction of the Infinity Display and the design decisions needed to accommodate for it, the A series was where the company sold mid-rangers dressed up as flagships.

But recent rumors have suggested 2017 may turn out to be just an exception after all. That is, the A series may get its own take on the Infinity Display starting next year, which will again bring it closer to the design of the company’s flagship S series.
And as it turns out, …

Latest update allows Samsung users to disable the Bixby button, customization – still a mirage

With Bixby being one of the highlight features of Samsung’s latest devices, many users have had a love-hate relationship with it. While it’s a rather good and capable virtual assistant, Samsung’s unwillingness to make the dedicated Bixby button user-customizable and the constant play of cat and mouse with app developers has proved that Sammy doesn’t want that hardware key to be used for anything else than launching Bixby. 

Yes, Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8 users will either use it to open Bixby… or not use it at all!
That’s …

Bixby to make its tablet debut on the entry-level Galaxy Tab A (2017)

While most people’s eyes have been firmly stuck to the newly unveiled Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has quietly been preparing the launch of a number of other products in the near future: there’s at least two new wearables on the horizon, along with a budget tablet which will be the successor to last year’s Galaxy Tab A 8.0.

And while we’ve already seen the latter in photos from Chinese regulatory agency TENAA, today Samsung has (probably by accident) publicly released its user manual. And while one wouldn’t normally expect much surprises from an entry-level …

Samsung adds the Bixby Voice feature to more than 200 countries

After being available only in the U.S. and South Korea, earlier today Samsung added Bixby Voice to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ in over 200 countries such as Australia, Canada, South Africa and the U.K. With Bixby Voice, a user can snap a selfie, activate Bixby Voice, and say “Post the recently taken selfie to Facebook.” To activate Bixby Voice, click on the dedicated Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, or say “Hi, Bixby.”

Samsung isn’t finished spreading Bixby Voice throughout the planet. The company plans on adding more languages, capabilities and devices that …