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Samsung has announced the next major version of its Bixby voice assistant at Samsung Developer conference (SDC) 2017. The new voice assistant is Bixby 2.0 and Samsung promises that the intelligent assistant platform will bring a connected experience that is "ubiquitous, personal, and open." Samsung says that it sees a larger role for digital assistants in our lives, other than answering mundane questions, setting reminders, and setting timers. Samsung sees a world where digital assistants are intertwined with everything from phones, to kitchen appliances, to the sprinkler system keeping your grass... Read more...
It appears that Samsung is finally caving to the wishes of its customers and giving Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners to ability to disable the button that summons Bixby, the company's own digital assistant. Now all Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners are seeing seeing the new toggle, however, so it is not clear if Samsung staggering the roll out or if perhaps (less likely) this is an experimental feature that unintentionally went out. Either way, some users are seeing a toggle to disable Bixby after downloading the latest update. The toggle lets users decide whether or not Bixby should be launched when... Read more...
Samsung is finally bring voice control for its Bixby digital assistant to a wide audience. The South Korean electronics maker announced today that Bixby's voice capabilities have expanded to more than 200 countries and territories, which effectively unlocks the feature for millions of consumers who previously were not able to bark out commands like they could with competing assistants, such as Siri, Google Now, Cortana, and even Alexa. Bixby's roll out has not exactly been smooth. It debuted without voice capabilities even though two supported devices—the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+—brought a dedicated... Read more...
At long last, Samsung feels comfortable enough its in-house Bixby smart digital assistant to roll out voice control in the United States for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. With voice control in hand, Bixby can finally be taken seriously as a competing digital assistant, a somewhat crowded field that also includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana, and Amazon Alexa. This was a long time coming for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ handset owners, and also a point of contention between users and Samsung. Without voice control, Bixby's functionality could be viewed as half-baked and not ready... Read more...
Much to Samsung's chagrin, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners can once again configure the Bixby button on their handsets to perform alternative actions, such as taking a screenshot, launching the built-in camera app, silencing the phone, or whatever else. The latest app update to bxActions - Bixby Button Remapper (just bxActions from here on out) in Google Play restores the remapping functionality that was recently thwarted through an over-the-air update delivered on T-Mobile's network. Samsung has been taking a stubborn approach to the Bixby button, which is supposed to serve as a shortcut to its... Read more...
If you have a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ smartphone on T-Mobile and have remapped the Bixby button to perform other tasks, we have some bad news to give you. T-Mobile’s latest over-the-air (OTA) update for Samsung’s latest flagships once again disables the ability for users to remap the button. That means that workaround apps like bxActions can’t be used for remapping purposes. bxActions, for example, lets you repurpose the Bixby button to launch the Google Assistant, take a screenshot, toggle the flashlight, launch your camera app, or countless other actions. But what makes this move so infuriating... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones are some of the best Android models available right now (read our review), but despite that, many of their users haven't been using them to their full potential. While Bixby Voice was revealed alongside the phone, it still hasn't made it to the United States in stable form. If you're keen on trying Bixby Voice and don't mind that it's not in stable form, Samsung has the hook-up. At its website, the company is allowing S8 owners to sign up for an early access program that will ensure they get the latest Bixby features before anyone else. Note that this... Read more...
  We’ve seen Buy One Get One Free offers on the Samsung Galaxy S8 over the past two months, but they usually came with plenty of strings attached, require you to adhere to special rate plans, or make you wait up to two months to get your money back for the “free” phone. Luckily, Samsung is spearheading a new BOGO offer that cuts through the BS and give you a freebie Samsung S8 with hardly any strings attached. The biggest “gotcha” here is that you have to be a T-Mobile customer. Given that T-Mobile is the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier, that stipulation isn’t exactly a death sentence.... Read more...
Samsung really wants Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners to embrace its home grown Bixby digital assistant. So much, in fact, that it recently pushed out an update blocking people from remapping the Bixby button back to Google Now. That bit of software strong-arming did not sit well with some users, particularly since Bixby is not a matured AI at this point—it does not respond to voice commands, for example. Well, a frustrated developer at Reddit decided to push back with an app that gives users the ability to once again map the Bixby button to Google Now. "I was really determined to find a new way... Read more...
  Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships are highly anticipated, and will officially begin shipping on April 21st (if you’re a T-Mobile customer, you might be receiving your smartphone any day now). Today, we’re learning from a new report that Samsung wants to ensure that Galaxy S8 owners have quick and easy access to a hardware button to enable the Bixby digital AI assistant. In fact, Samsung has gone so far as to make sure that the button cannot be remapped. This is according to a post found over at XDA Developers, which indicates that an over-the-air (OTA) update has been pushed out... Read more...
Samsung has already begun taking preorders for its forthcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ handsets, both of which will be available at the end of the next week. On paper, the company's new flagships bring the boom. However, one of its most hyped features, its Bixby AI voice assistant (Samsung's own version of Siri, Cortana, and Google Now) will not be fully functional at launch. More specifically, it seems as though you won't be able to bark commands at Bixby, not initially anyway. Samsung has been telling media outlets that Bixby Voice will not roll out until "later this spring." In the meantime,... Read more...
The time has finally come for the official unveil of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. After months of photos and specifications leaks, we now are able to lay our eyes on the real deal. Samsung Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8+ - Live from NYC - Hands-On Coming Soon! As expected, the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch display, while the Galaxy S8+ pushes the screen size to 6.2 inches. The screen takes up nearly the entire front of the smartphones, something that Samsung calls an “Infinity Display”. Although the bezels aren’t completely gone, it is still a rather breathtaking design. Both displays are Quad HD+... Read more...
We’ve been hearing about Samsung’s upcoming Bixby virtual assistant for a quite a while, but the South Korean company is now ready to talk about what exactly how smartphone users will interact with it when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launch globally next month. Samsung’s entry into the world of virtual assistants comes late in the game following successful entries from Apple (Siri), Google (Google Assistant), Microsoft (Cortana) and of course Amazon (Alexa). Instead of being a copycat of virtual assistants that have come before it, Bixby instead tries to chart its own course. “Instead of humans... Read more...
We are inching closer to the launch of Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, which is expected to official sometime after Mobile World Congress (Samsung pushed back the launch so that it could put the phone's battery through a new and more rigorous testing protocol to avoid another Galaxy Note 7 scenario). However, there might not be all that much left to reveal. The latest leak surrounding the Galaxy S8 is of another alleged case showing a bezel-free design.The newest images trace back to Weibo, a Chinese-language microblogging website that is a sort of hybrid of Twitter and Facebook.... Read more...