Bixby Voice for Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ now coming to early access subscribers in the USA

Bixby Voice for Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ now coming to early access subscribers in the USA
Following last week's early access program launch in the USA, Samsung is spreading the beta-version Bixby Voice functionality to Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones nationwide – at least to those who signed up for the early access program, which is now closed for submissions.

Prior to Bixby Voice debuting, both the S8 and S8+ received various updates preparing them for the integration of the voice assistant's new capabilities. So if you aren't getting Bixby Voice, try updating all your Samsung Apps from the Galaxy App Store first.

Bixby Voice adds as many as 3000 new voice actions for the assistant, alongside a voice control API supported by the native Samsung apps, and possibly more coming in the future. The public release is expected either late this month, or in July.

We'll tell you more about Bixby Voice, what it does and how it fares as an essential piece of Galaxy S8 functionality soon.


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15 Comments

1. apple-rulz

Posts: 2010; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Too little too late. Move over Milk Music and ChatOn, you got a new friend joining you soon on the scrap pile.

13. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

The video in the article doesn't show any of bixby's versatile capabilities. It's alreay a lot more capable than every other virtual assistant currently on the market even in this beta stage, just check out this detailed video of it ( goo. gl/T5gLK3 ).

14. audibot

Posts: 600; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i tried it last night and there is nothing close to what this can do i said bixby show me my pics of my dog jade and in a sec she said i had 57 pics of her on the phone and i told her to put them in a new folder called jade and bam done.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Why are they wasting resources on replicating features that already exist. A smart assistant is only as good as the data it receives, Google's assistant rules them all because of one simple reason: the Amount of data Google can collect from you. When you search something on your desktop, laptop, tablet, phone etc, doesn't even matter what brand or Os, or watch a youtube video, search for a song, a map route etc... as long as you were logged in to your Google account, Google gets everything and can curate the assistant just for you on all your devices. All bixby can collect is data on the S8. I can't wait for the day when Samsung leaves Android and starts releasing it's flagships with that junk of an Os called Tizen. Horrible Samsung bloat and Ui with none of Android or Google's advantages. That will be the day!

3. Macready

Posts: 1816; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Showing your lack of knowledge on the subject once more. Tizen is anything but bloated and horrible in terms of UI. It's one of the most efficient ones out there when it comes to OS. Just look at how smoothly their Tizen phones run on ultra low end hardware, compared to similar Android devices, or the smartwatches running Tizen (much smoother and longer lasting than their Google OS equipped counterparts). The main drawbacks of Tizen for smartphones are currently: - lack of support (duh) - security All of which can be overcome, altough the former is a real challenge, even for the Samsung behemoth.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Google only rules because they were first. That doesn't mean someone else shouldn't have it. Samsung wants to provides its own revolving customers it own options for similar features. You ever think, maybe many don't want to use Google, just like many don't use Siri or Cortana. Bixby has the added benefit of being tied to Samsung Knox to offer more secure features. THis may appeal to many. Most probably won't care as they don't use them at all. You trolls are so worried about what is best. What is best doesn't always matter. What may matter is, I have a device from a specific OEM, and I want to use their features and not 3rd parties, no matter how popular they may be. It's called choice. Something idiots like you have no issue with, because someone else choice doesn't match up with yours. Google Maps was already the best solution, so why did Apple make Apple Maps. Because they wanted to provide their customers with a solution. Why did Apple by Siri, when iPhone's already have access to Google Assistant? Why did Microsoft make Cortana? Did you ever ask those questions? No because you're to busy nick-picking Samsung. It is never to late to provide a service to your own software or hardware, no matter what anyone else does. Yes its redundant. I don't use either but once in a while. At least on Samsung devices, you can turn them both off one way or another.

12. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

The main thing about Bixby is that it does the same stuff as Siri, except it main feature was to replace your fingerprint with voice which is what it does. I got the update preview. When I say change always on display to something it goes into settings find it an change it as if I moved through the screens myself.

15. audibot

Posts: 600; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

wow you know nothing about bixby if you think that have you tried it

18. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Ive been on bixby the last two days. It's main fuction is to replace your finger input with voice

4. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I didnt sign up for anything, hell i havent even set up Bixby, i refuse to even push that button, but both my wife and i got a million bixby updates last night and this morning she had bixby voice up and running.

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

So I've been using this now since yesterday and I can honestly say that this is way more intuitive than Siri, Google Assistant and Cortana... Samsung has a real hit on it's hands and this could be a mega hit when this comes out of beta. Bixby already does more than the other virtual personal assistants out now. This could be a real game changer for all connected devices..

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4088; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This seems the be the thoughts of many on other sites as well. Everyone positively surprised. I'm looking forward to it knowing full well that Bixby and GA currently serve two different purposes. Some concerns though that I heard Ok Google can't be used any more with Bixby Voice.

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I haven't even tried to say "ok Google" since I've been using Bixby honestly. The way it follows multiple commands in a single request is crazy. You can create a new contact with name and number all from one request. Holy Smokes!

16. audibot

Posts: 600; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i just tried ok google and it still works even bixbys voice is more natural than the others

7. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

This should be better then S-voice anyways.

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