Video: Samsung's Bixby voice assistant will reach beyond Galaxy S8 You may not be able to get rid of Bixby, but you can at least disable the Bixby button after a recent update to the Bixby app. Bixby voice is unlike any other personal assistant available today. It's unclear when Samsung enabled the new toggle, first spotted by Android news site Droid Life. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to adjust the volume one of the recent Samsung Galaxy devices, only to have Bixby Home open. Its awkward placement, combined with limited usefulness, only exacerbates the frustration.
Recall Samsung's acquisition of Harman-Kardon for advanced audio. Expect to hear much more of this Samsung to expand Bixby, voice recognition features to more smart home appliances by 2020 By Deidre Richardson For four consecutive quarters up through May, Samsung has dominated the home appliances market. With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 8 and its expanded Bixby capabilities such as Quick Commands (using small phrases to perform multiple actions simultaneously), as well as the global rollout of Bixby voice in English to over 200 countries earlier this week, Samsung is making a firm statement: that its Bixby AI, whether you want it or not, is here to stay.
Samsung has faced a tough slog getting Bixby to the masses, but now its voice assistant is accessible in more than 200 countries including the UK, Australia, Canada and South Africa. It's been available in South Korea and the US since July, when it launched after months of delays. Part of Bixby's appeal is its positioning beyond that of a simple voice assistant. Samsung claims it learns over time, recognizing "natural language" to make interacting with your phone easier and more intuitive. It understands cross-application commands and thanks to deep integration it can be accessed without any interruptions to what you're already doing on-screen.
Samsung's new Galaxy S10 series is the company's third lineup of flagship phones to come with Bixby built-in. But the phones will be the first to let you actually change what that Bixby button does, addressing what has long been one of Samsung's most frustrating features. The company confirmed the change in a blog post, noting that the S10 will be the first of Samsung's phones to have "Bixby Key Customization," which lets users change their Bixby settings so that pressing the Bixby button once or twice will launch a third-party app of their choice. Samsung also said it would extend the feature to its earlier phones with Bixby, including the S8, S9, and Note9, in a future software update. SEE ALSO: Why won't Samsung let us see its foldable phone?