Learn how to install Bixby on your older Samsung handset (Android Nougat required)

Learn how to install Bixby on your older Samsung handset (Android Nougat required)
Samsung's new AI assistant Bixby will debut on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. Pressing the special button on the side of the phone will activate Bixby, which will be able to answer you questions similar to Google, Cortana or Siri. But going beyond finding out how tall the Empire State Building is (1,250 feet tall, by the way), or looking up to find the closest McDonald's, Bixby promises to give you a way to reach your personal information such as schedules, reservations and flights. It will also call up messages and news, accessing third party apps when necessary.

Similar to the Amazon Fire Phone's Firefly, Bixby Vision will look at an image and tell you where it can be found, and how much it will cost. It will also analyze a picture you've taken, figure out where it was snapped, and post news about that area.

There is plenty more to Bixby, and to learn all about it, check out our hands-on look at the AI assistant. Meanwhile, it appears that Samsung plans on keeping Bixby as an exclusive to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It won't be found in the Google Play Store, and Samsung doesn't plan on offering it to older devices, at least not at this time. However, an XDA forums member with the user name takerhbk has been able to get Bixby up and running on a Samsung Galaxy S7.

According to takerhbk, any Samsung device running on Nougat can run Bixby. First, the Galaxy S8 launcher must be loaded on the device, followed by the APK for Bixby. For the complete directions, tap on the XDA sourcelink found below.

source: XDA via AndroidAuthority

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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)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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16 Comments

1. kira023

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

I tried, my touchwiz home not working at all after that, I did Bixby activation without problem but I can't have any home screen at all, always got close app/restart (touchwiz home). so I remove it

2. tangbunna

Posts: 458; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

hi bitch-b

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its only a matter of time this will be available to most Android devices, not just Samsung. I'm curious to try.

13. addisbad

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 03, 2014

I don't think so...I have reasons to believe that it needs the TouchWiz framework to function. Only Samsung phones have that so it'll be limited to Samsung devices running nougat or above...

4. monoke

Posts: 1145; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Why would anybody wanna add more bloatware on their phone?!.. Relax Sammy fans, I'm kidding. lol.

5. notfair

Posts: 698; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

you;re actually right, who in their right mind would install first of all an AI and second of all a half backed AI. I mean .. really? Is anyone truly using Cortana, SIRI and Alexa? WHY?

6. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, they are. Because they're convenient and easy to use.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I find them boring an 99% useless in day-to-day tasks. They come in handy when driving and getting info is a quick click I can do without taking my eyes off the road. I think every platform could have did without and simply didn't need to copy Siri even if they have gone to the next level and Siri has remained "virtually" (no pin intended) the same.

7. surethom

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Apart for the photo recognition doesn't it only work with Samsung apps. Who uses Samsung apps? I only use there s calendar the rest are pointless.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I use most of Sammy's apps. Google has ADD so they pull the plug on their apps far too often and most don't hold a candle such as Gmail and Google calendar.

14. addisbad

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 03, 2014

As of now it has limited apps that are supported but it also works with third part apps actually. Twitter and facebook work for starters,so does CNN news. I'll use it somemore and will be more than happy to share my results. Oh and the number of samsung apps that do everything you need is increasing day by day so in the end it's all you really need..

8. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

More useless, battery-eating bloatware ? No thanks !

15. addisbad

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 03, 2014

Bloatware really? It's way more convenient than google now at times ( although I haven't been able to access all it's features on my S7 edge as of now) and it also learns much faster then Google now. it's a keeper and it really doesn't eat up a lot of battery and that's saying something as it isn't even optimized for my device...

9. ebilcake

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Why the hell would anyone want this?

11. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

So you can whine about something others do without checking with you first.

16. addisbad

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 03, 2014

I'd take it any day of the week and twice on sunday! It's a brilliant app that brings you what you need, when you need it. The interface is clean and it works like a breeze. Battery usage is minimal and content is just a swipe away form the homescreen.

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