Galaxy S8 may have a Bixby button without Bixby AI at launch (hope it's programmable)

Galaxy S8 may have a Bixby button without Bixby AI at launch (hope it's programmable)
Unsurprisingly, there were more rumors about the Galaxy S8's eventual Bixby virtual assistant with artificial intelligence, than there were for the phone's hardware prowess, of which we only have a purported benchmark or two. After all, everyone is betting big on AI, and Samsung doesn't want to get left behind the Google Assistants, Cortanas, Alexas, or Siris of this world.

That is why it acquired one of the most promising AI firms, Viv, and, from the looks of it, has tailored the chassis hardware to accommodate Bixby better by introducing a dedicated button for launching the digital assistant. The initial claims were that Samsung is sold on the idea to have a physical button on the S8, with the sole purpose of starting the Bixby butler, and Samsung is even listing its assistant as able to "control all operations of the touch interface."

This is certainly a good idea for those moments you don't want to shout at your phone in the metro car looking like a douche, and Korean media today confirms the presence of a dedicated button on the S8. It, however, will just be a shortcut key for the time being, claim the sources, as Samsung is still shoehorning the Viv Labs proposition for the mobile realm, so the extra button you see below the volume keys on the left of the S8 renders will serve as a shortcut for now. 

Samsung apparently plans to enable the key with Bixby functionality via a software update in the first half of the year, which might explain the previous rumors that Bixby will rely on an enhanced version of S Voice, at least in the beginning. Long story short, we don't know how good Bixby will be yet, but if Samsung makes that shortcut key on the left programmable, it will certainly win the heart of fans nationwide.

source: The Investor

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)



1. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I don't give a single f**k about bixby

2. notfair

Posts: 740; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Let me rephrase that: I don't give a single f**k about any AI assistant!

20. mikehunta727 unregistered

Itll be behind Siri and Google Assistant. Apple and Google have already had years of data to filter and machine learn everything through hundreds of billions of requests/actions done to Siri/Google Assistant This will be a glorified S-voice assistant for a should just launch with Google assistant baked in

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its like ive seen you make this exact same comment already! And siri hasnt really changed since its first big update, eons ago. its well behind alexa and google at this point. Its laughable.

28. mikehunta727 unregistered

Siri has got a lot better over the years, obviously still needs a ton of improvements but it is not far off from Google Now/Assistant. You clearly haven't used Siri much at all nor are you really in tune in what the tech industry says about Siri and these AI assistants. And I did copy and paste this comment on another article, because it is true.

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

siri is nowhere near what google now/assistant can do. it can't even comprehend you properly unless you talk like a robot much less have more advanced stuff like contextual answers... which it doesnt even do. If you think they are on similar ground, you have no idea what they can/cant do.

31. mikehunta727 unregistered

That's just actually plainly wrong. I have used both extensively and Siri although while not as good as Google Now, can understand your sentence pretty well. AlsoSee Marques Brownlees video of him putting Siri vs Google Now next to each other. Siri holds up pretty well in most commands although Google Now is still better. You clearly dont know what your talking about and at least use Siri a few times before spewing out the rear 10 min long video of the 2 being put through their paces, Siri does fairly well here, obvious contextual awareness advantage does go to Google Now though Thanks for proving that you never used Siri in your life though, or at least fairly recently because Siri is not half bad at all as many think, brush up on your research some more, you need to update yourself on this

10. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Lol Bixby is so dumb name

14. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

God, pls let it be a programble button like the honor 8. This will in itself be a feature to me. Not that drunk retarded ai that looks like an advanced s voice at this point.

3. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Am I the only one who doesn't really care about these "Intelligent Personal Assistants"?

5. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Nope, me too. The most i need is something that can take care of calls or texts (read and dictate) through voice while driving.

7. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I don't think anyone cares about AI assistants, except pixel fanboys(did, until it launched for every other phone) and the staff over at android police. They are nice to have for setting alarms and reminders though, but google now did that already. And I'm speaking as a google assistant user for the past couple weeks or so.

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i like the "how is my morning looking" command that it added. I think that's what I use most other than being obnoxious with my friends and asking a bunch of contextual questions and then watching them try that on siri and wonder why it's always confused. lol

12. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Nope I don't care about any of them. I think it looks stupid when I see people in public talking to their phones.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I use my Google assistant often for daily summaries and for home automation. First time I have actually kept going back to use an AI personal assistant. Siri turned me off originally not being as functional. Much rather share my relevant data for a stronger experience.

16. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

nope .. nobody cares .. watching phone leaks makes me feel like OEMs are ran by a group of morons ... what people want ? 1. super battery life 2. super cameras 3. no lag 4. good design yet they keep going in directions that nobody needs and nobody cares about ....

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nope. I think they are all stupid too.

8. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013


11. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

LOL at those guys who always complaint about everything that Samsung brings to the S8. And if it doesn't add these features they can still have negative opinion about it like S8 is the same S7 and bla bla bla. Now go sit back and prepare a list of yours for your kind of wanting rather than ranting here. Geez these annoying haters!

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I swear S8 articles alone is more than any sony or htc article in a year lol

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So what! You can skip them...right? The iPhone and Galaxy S are the most popular and highly sold smartphones, so they get more attention. Other phones in honesty, arent worth talking about.

21. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I don't care about them right now so I hope the button is adjustable. I think when I have smart everything at home though is next, smart light bulbs, smart curtains, and smart locks, smart smart the etc, voice would be the best way to control those, I think. Only at home though.

22. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I would probably just program it to be volume down so I don't accidentally press it instead of volume down. I am not a fan of more than one button on one side. No idea why the Pixel does it. Power button right and volume rocker left was definitely the best ergonomically. Your thumb has to be pretty weak if you need to grip the volume rocker tight enough to activate it in order to press the power button. Never understood the people that complained about it. Lol

32. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Better than nothing i guess...

24. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Might be to late for the S8 but you have time for the next Note. Don't jank up the Note 8.

25. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The extra button should have been a dedicated camera button..

33. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Ikr. Knowing that holding down the home button can access the assistants. Expending on another key is ludicrous. What are they trying to achieve here?

26. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Which is more pointless? Dedicated button for ai (if not programmable without root), or heart rate sensor that let's u know you're not dead and breathing?

27. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The heart rate sensor is the most useless feature ever. It tells you basically nothing. It would be another story if it was a 12 lead ECG... Same for the pulsoximeter.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.