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June 16, 2017

Samsung readying Bixby voice commands early preview

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have been around since April, but that doesn’t mean you have been enjoying all the features it should offer. Bixby users in the USA still haven’t checked out voice commands, but this will become available soon… at least to some of you.

The Korean manufacturer has announced they are getting ready to launch an early preview of Bixby’s voice command features. What’s with the delay? Sammy claims they have been running into trouble optimizing Bixby for the English language. It does currently works with Korean.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus review: Almost to Infinity April 18, 2017

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May 3, 2017

Full Bixby Vision now available on Verizon Galaxy S8 devices

Verizon Galaxy S8 owners can now use Bixby to identify objects and get shopping recommendations through Amazon.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus review: Almost to Infinity 2 weeks ago

Though the Galaxy S8 duo officially landed with much hype around the world, they did so with an incomplete version of the feature that Samsung made such a big deal out of: Samsung’s virtual assistant, Bixby. Samsung decided to leave out Bixby Voice in order to put the finishing touches, and it was only a few days ago that it launched via an update in South Korea. US users – like other non-Korean users – still do not have access to Bixby Voice, and if you’re a [...]

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April 17, 2017

Samsung removes ability to remap Bixby button on the S8 and S8 Plus

It was only earlier this month that users found a way to remap the dedicated Bixby hardware button on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to anything they wanted. Now, even before the two devices have hit consumers’ hands, Samsung have removed this functionality.

Using an app called Button Mapper, the hardware button that is used to launch Bixby on the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices could be intercepted and replaced with another app. This essentially allowed a dedicated Google Assistant or Google Now hardware button to be created. Unfortunately, what seems too good to be true usually is. Samsung appear to have pushed an OTA patch removing the apps ability (and pretty much all [...]

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April 3, 2017

Bixby unofficially running on older Samsung smartphones

Samsung is giving AI Assistants a second shot with Bixby, a feature currently only available with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. But what about those who plan to stick with older Sammy smartphones for a while? Samsung has no plans to release this app through the Google Play Store, and who knows when/if the Korean manufacturer will officially bring this feature to other phones.

Those of you in a rush to try Bixby may be able to get something worked out, though. XDA Developer Forums user takerhbk managed to get Bixby working on a Galaxy S7 device. This led to a swarm of users successfully replicating the process.

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