At launch, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will feature a crippled Bixby

Bixby, Samsung's brand new digital assistant that was announced alongside the Galaxy S8 series, is not being properly launched on April 21, when the S8 and S8+ will officially hit shelves around the world.

In a statement provided today to Axios, Samsung confirmed that a full-fledged Bixby (including voice commands) would not be available on the Galaxy S8 from day one, instead arriving "in the U.S. later this spring" - no exact release date was given. Still, various Bixby features, including Home, Reminder, and Vision, will be on board when the S8 and S8+ start shipping.

For now, Samsung doesn't say why it chose not to include every Bixby feature on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ out of the box. However, it's highly likely that the digital assistant (specifically Bixby Voice) needs some extra fine tuning before Samsung is truly happy with its functionality.

We're certainly looking forward to seeing what Bixby will (or won't) be able to do on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ once the two smartphones are released.

via: Axios

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Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
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  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. aegislash

Posts: 1518; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I'd have much prefered it if they had simply unveiled Bixby at the S8/S8+ event, and stated a release will come shortly after the devices launch, rather than releasing half-baked software. And in the meantime, allow the Bixby button to be remapped to launch any app we desire, without the need of a third-party remapping app. Then, once Bixby was released, give us the option upon first launching Bixby to use the button for it or not.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sounds fair.

27. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

You didn't answer my question...

10. kyan-

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

for tech guys, that sounds "ok." for the average consumer or business, that sounds like a nightmare.

31. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

kyan-, that is true. I'd love to see the ability to remap the Bixby button... but can you imagine trying to explain this to others? Like parents, for example? My mom would just not touch the button rather than try to use it.

28. chbanks512

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Can you please put in an application with Samsung's project development team?...I mean honestly, you just made this sound so simple that this seems really silly now. With this news and the last minute inclusion of the fingerprint reader on the back, it sounds like the S8 just wasn't ready for April and needed a couple more months to properly bake. Why the rush???

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

"A crippled bixby" lmao!!! All these useless "me too" features, like the dex that has no use case in the android world whatsoever.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Really Samsung? Did you SERIOUSLY pull another S-Voice launch?

26. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Samsung Pay started the same way. They unveiled it during launch of S6, but was not available for few months. Now this is the best payment solution available. Did you seriously expect this guy to work like Tony Stark's JARVIS just because they announced it? Google is in their 3rd generation of these assistant, yet it sucks big time. Bixby won't be relevant for few more years, like every other assistant. If you expected it otherwise, you are just living in a dream world.

4. torr310

Posts: 1679; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Do we still need Bixby when we already have Google Assistant?

5. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Nope. I'll be using GA.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How Apple did with portrait mode. Not sure why companies do this, but I'll use it and google asst, till it's fully baked. I want the aggregated content more than anything else.

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

What changed on portrait mode from beta to now? It's basically the same, not crippled.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

He's referring to Apple announcing the addition, only to roll it out month(s) later. The only caveat I see with the comparison is Apple told us during the Keynote the feature would be made available after a few weeks. Samsung announced Bixby as though it would be fully featured right out of the box. You can remap the button, so there's that option. But this entire episode seems uncalled for when they could've given a proper timetable from the beginning.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right kiko, that's the only difference. Samsung should've kept its mouth shut, if it wasn't ready. This is more like an Apple Maps, than portrait mode. How Apple ram its mouth, calling it the most beautiful powerful mapping experience ever, when they should've just said it's in beta upfront, vs later when it was getting hammered. Bixby will be just fine, just like maps is.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Exactly. Apple Maps was (still is, frankly) a disastrous effort on the part of Apple. One I think they learned from, but still pretty awful. Samsung doesn't seem the type of organization to brag about half-baked additions, so I don't see this being a trend. Even so, they should've been more vigilant coming off of the past six months they've endured (rather admirably may I add).

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great post. Maps has come a long way, and Bixby will too. Look how Siri has grown. I'm just glad S-Voice is gone lol. That crap was horrible. I can't wait to give Bixby a try. You know I'll be brutally honest about it.

8. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I don't use any voice assistant at all. Remapping will sound just fine.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I wish the button was for remapping alone, that would have sounded like whole new feature to me. Well, thankfully it can be done via software. Its gonna be a long wait for the note 8. *aarrgghh*

14. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1834; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Just got that text from T-Mobile!

15. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Dont even care. who uses those things anyways...

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

No biggie. Just remap the button to Google Assistant/ Camera. That was my intention all along.

30. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Doesn't matter. Everyone will remap the button to launch Google Assistant. Bixby will quietly be killed in 18 months.

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