Samsung is finally allowing users to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy 8 and Note 8 phones. Many users haven't felt the need for the dedicated button or have been annoyed by how often its placement caused them to accidentally launch the assistant - but until now Samsung wouldn't allow users to turn it off. The latest Bixby update, however, includes a new toggle that lets you choose to disable the launching of Bixby Home from the button. Samsung is finally allowing users to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy 8 and Note 8 phones. To do so, install the update, open the new toggle or Bixby setting, and select'don't open anything' To disable the button, install the update, open the new toggle or Bixby setting, and select'don't open anything.'
Samsung has confirmed the firm will'soon' release a smart speaker designed to take on Amazon's Echo, Google's Home and Apple's HomePod. DJ Koh, the president of Samsung's mobile division, told CNBC a smart speaker was on the way. 'Maybe soon we will announce it. I am already working on it,' Koh said. 'As I mentioned I wanted to provide a fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices, and I want to be moving quite heavily on it,' he added.
Watch out Siri, there is a new virtual assistant in town. Samsung has unveiled its intelligent interface that will live in the firm's highly-anticipated Galaxy S8 smartphone set to launch next week. Unlike the other AI assistants on the market, Bixby is specifically design to'make using your phone even more seamless and intuitive'. Users can make apps Bixby-enabled, which will let Bixby support almost every task that the application is capable of performing using the conventional interface. Any task a human user can do via touch commands, the AI will have the ability to do as well.
Ahead of next week's announcement of the Galaxy S8, Samsung has introduced the world to Bixby, its own entry into the increasingly crowded AI landscape. Samsung is a bit late to the AI race led by Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant, but it has a bit of a different strategy. Instead of wowing us with encyclopedic knowledge, Samsung is putting Bixby at the center of the Galaxy experience. It's calling it an intelligent interface, rather than an assistant, and it will work across the phone and any "Bixby-enabled" apps to reduce the number of taps we need to make. Rather than adding summoning functionality into the home button, Samsung has built a dedicated button on the side of the S8 (seen in the picture above) to "make it feel easier and more comfortable to give commands."