Bixby's first video in action is very, very blurry


In just seven days, we'll finally get to see the Samsung Galaxy S8 pair in detail, rather than in piecemeal leaks like we have so far. Until then, though, there's a steady stream of unofficial footage of the devices, the latest of which gives us a very brief glimpse at Samsung's new AI assistant, Bixby, as it will appear on the S8.

First off, full disclosure: even by normal leak standards, this one is of particularly low visual quality. However, it does look suspiciously like the real deal, as the user interface seems to follow Samsung's design conventions, and the app itself responds to screen touches, that is, it isn't just a screenshot. Also, at this point we've given up on labeling such leaks as "possibly wrong", seeing as pretty much all the different sources' info lines up perfectly.

As for Bixby itself, the video shows what appears to be its main app page, which has a large, orange area dedicated to what appear to be several action prompts, to the right of some of which are icons, one of which looks like a star, and the other could be a stylized house if you squint hard enough. Perhaps these are suggested destinations? Even if all the text weren't in Chinese, we really couldn't really tell you, due to the video's horrendously low quality.

Above that, we actually can faintly see Bixby's logo. To the left is its version in Chinese, while to the right it's written in English. That old logo we previously showed you, however, still isn't off the table, as the b in the spelled-out version looks broken in two parts, just like the previously leaked version.

On the bottom of the screen we can also clearly see a cut-off part of an image with a man's face hidden behind the translucent navigation bar. Just next to the descriptive text above it, what looks like YouTube, or probably Weibo's logo is visible, suggesting either some integration with third party apps, or more likely search-powered suggestions, similar to Google Now's cards.

While we're really sorry this video isn't longer, or of better quality, it's still our first look at Bixby in action, so for we'll make do with what we have. We'll probably see Samsung's new assistant, as well as the devices it runs on, in much better detail on March 29, so don't forget to check back for the latest news.

source: @mmddj_china

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8 Comments

1. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

For me they could skip Bixby and all the development money and cost of buying it, and just give me stereo speakers on the front, and an IR blaster. Just give us what we wanted all along.

2. maherk

Posts: 6774; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly. All these Bixby news are quite boring for me, I am more interested in the camera and the improvement they brought to their speakers.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I beg to differ. If they can provide yet another useful alternative to a google service, that'll be very welcome by me. Besides, rumour has it that this could be bringing back google goggle features, making it even more useful than the current assistants on the market which take input via only voice. That said, it would be even better if they brought back the IR blaster.

8. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

We'll see how good the new S-voice is. It has been disabled on all my devices for years. I'm not sure how much I trust Samsung servers to my voice data, assuming it does work well. Either way, I think most of us agree the money could have been better spent for something that wasn't just another duplicate Google app. Their camera is already #1, but it's also the most important feature, so improving it to stay #1 is critical. So many hardware features I'd rather have than Bixby.

3. SamsungIsLife

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 19, 2017

Man s8+ is huge.....

5. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

When ever I read "Bixby" I have to think of Bill Bixby. Rest in Peace Dr. David Banner!

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"First video with bixby" Video is 5 seconds and not containing any voice usage. Click bait?

7. sissy246

Posts: 7081; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yep, and must have been shot with a iPhone lol

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