In advance of this week's Galaxy Note 8 unveiling, Samsung updates Bixby globally

Global update to Bixby is sent out on Friday

Global update to Bixby is sent out on Friday

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8's unveiling this coming Wednesday pretty much a sure thing, Samsung has started rolling out updates for its personal assistant Bixby on a global basis. Updates to Bixby, Bixby Global Action, Bixby Dictation, Bixby Wakeup and Bixby PLM have been seen in markets such as the U.K., South Africa, India, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Argentina, Afghanistan, Iran, the UAE, Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia  and Pakistan. While compatible handsets in those markets received the updates, Samsung still needs to press the button that will allow these Bixby related features to start working in the aforementioned markets.

Samsung could be getting ready to activate Bixby Voice in countries outside of the U.S. and South Korea, where it is already operational. There is some speculation that Bixby Voice will be enabled globally on August 22nd, the day before the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is announced. One report has the dictation feature working now in Germany, although the quality of the transcription apparently was nothing to write home about (okay, okay; pun intended). In other markets where the update was pushed out yesterday, like the U.K., the feature is not working.

If you want to see whether or not the dictation feature is working for you, and you don't live in the U.S. or South Korea, press the Bixby key on your Samsung default QWERTY and start dictating. If it doesn't work (which is likely), try again after Samsung unveils the latest version of its high-end phablet. The odds favor that it will work after the Galaxy Note 8 is introduced to the public.

source: SamMobile via AndroidAuthority

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21 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Let's do it Samsung. Keep the innovation coming.

5. Nopers unregistered

Slightly more squared S8+ with S-pen, 2 cameras and slightly smaller battery= innovation? Ok then.

6. nikhil23

Posts: 418; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

yes it is....better than remove headphone jack or squeeze to do stuff

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

10nm chip will make that battery be like 40000mah.

21. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

we will see... The 3000MaH in my s8 is pretty dang good. I was expecting less. It was about as expect on release but after the first update it got much better

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't be dumb dude. I'm not just talking about the Note 8, I'm talking about the overall direction. Stop being a dummy troll and think. Also a smaller battery, doesn't automatically mean smaller performance. Think of what Porsche does with smaller. Try harder to troll.

18. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

That only works if you improve the things that can be improved while keeping the rest. But it won't if you waste these improvements on e.g. a higher resolution or a larger display. Or having more crap running in tbe background like yet another 'voice assistant'. But indeed, let's just wait and see. Perhaps the big S did really come through with something special.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As far as background apps, go into developer options. You have 100% control over how many processes you want running in the background. Bixby can also be turned off.

11. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Haters always say that they said that about the s7 edge and note 7. But samsung added a brighter higher performance display with HDR10 the first phone to offer that. A new UI Samsung Cloud Secure folder Customizable always on display, and interactive always on display They added a iris scanner A bigger display Usb type c 64gb storage vs 32gb Gif maker And not to mention new s pen support that has over 100 features And it was only $50 more just the storage only is worth that. Not to mention it's an upgrade over the note 5 not the s7 edge. With add much more ip68 and a sd card, edge shortcut, off screen memo etc

17. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Let's break that down, shall we? New UI: you mean old fashioned single color icons which are too hard to differentiate from one another. Samsung cloud: as if we haven't got enough corporations wanting your data? Secure folder: has been around since the Galaxy S5 Iris scanner: a crappy gimmick that can be circumvented. AOD and "interactive" AOD: have you ever seen Nokia's sleeping screen? That's from, I guess, 2013. USB type C: funny my "olde" Honor 8 also has that just like ALL other high-end mobiles. 64GB vs 32GB: euh... what's "innovative" in adding more storage space? GIF maker: so... going back to a 1995 graphics format is called innovation now? All I see are gimmicks and re-badging of old features. So either you are quickly satisfied or I expect too much from one o/t richest companies in the world.

19. YeahYeah

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Could you please tell us what is innovation? What should Samsung do then that is innovative to you. Last time I checked 90% oems are following Samsung ideas such as design language, screens, iris scanner, gestures, multitasking, phablets, etc..

12. gigicoaste

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

To me, if there is at least one feature which doesn't exist on the market right now in any other device in same category, it's called innovation!

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Once the iPhone 8 is unveiled, nobody will talk about Note 8 except if it explodes.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Somebody please give him a few likes for his trolling effort.

4. hateftotti

Posts: 224; Member since: May 03, 2011

You deserve it more. Best answer to his effort :)

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on.

10. Tipus

Posts: 801; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Don't be so butthurt :))

15. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Be can't help it. So long as Samsung phones keep being the best rated, he'll be a bitter little jealous biotch.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love how you finished that post lol.

13. gigicoaste

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I will still talk with guys are making a use of s-pen in combination with Android software. I would be interested to see Iphone running android because I cannot find IOS suitable to me. I know I shouldn't tell you all this since you are here just for trolling and not really discuss about technology and innovation.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Your head is going to explode once the reviews come in and it's named the best phablet sized phone, just like the Note 7, Note 5, Note 4...(and the S8/S8+, S7/S7 Edge, S6/S6 Edge in the regular size category)

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