Samsung's Bixby Voice User Interface Not Ready for Galaxy S8 Debut
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will not ship with the Bixby Voice user interface when the devices first go on sale, according to Samsung. "Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21. Bixby Voice will be available in the U.S. on the Galaxy S8 later this spring," said the company in a statement provided to Phone Scoop. Samsung did not offer any explanation for the delay, though the company was not able to offer live demonstrations of Bixby as recently as the S8's splashy March 29 launch event. More than just a voice assistant, Bixby is a voice-based user interface. It allows people to interact with any touch element on the screen, such as opening apps, selecting menu items, toggling controls, and more. Any app that is Bixby-enabled will offer full voice control to S8 and S8+ owners. Bixby Vision, referenced in Samsung's statement, combines the artificial intelligence element of Bixby with the camera for translating languages, reading business cards, recognizing landmarks, and scanning QR codes. Bixby Vision will work when the S8 goes on sale. The S8 and S8+, which include dedicated Bixby buttons, reach stores April 21. It's not clear how long consumers will have to wait before the voice-based interface arrives.
Samsung's Bixby Is Far More than A Voice Assistant for the Galaxy S8
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones feature Bixby, a voice-based user interface developed by Samsung. It's more advanced than a simple voice assistant, as it voice-enables every function of an app.
Bixby Finally Speaks English, Launching on Galaxy S8 and S8+ In the US Today
Samsung today said Bixby now speaks English well enough and is ready for launch in the U.S. Bixby has been available in Samsung's home market of Korea since earlier this spring, but had been delayed in the U.S.
Software Update Lets Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note8 Owners Disable Bixby Home Button
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note8 smartphones can now modify the behavior of their handset's dedicated Bixby button. The hardware key, located on the left edge of the phone, automatically calls up Bixby Home with a short press or Bixby Voice with a long press.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
Samsung Makes Good On Promise to Sell Unlocked Galaxy S8 and S8+
Samsung today made unlocked versions of its flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones available for sale. People interested in the unlocked phones can pick them up at select Best Buy retail stores, as well as BestBuy.com and Samsung.com.
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