Samsung to launch Bixby Voice assistant today, but is it ready for prime time?


Samsung's personal digital assistant, Bixby wasn't ready for prime time when the South Korean company released its flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ less than two weeks ago.

However, Samsung informed customers that Bixby Voice won't be available on the Galaxy S8 phones when they make their debut on the market and that the assistant will be distributed later on.

Well, it looks like it didn't take too long for Samsung to start rolling out Bixby Voice services, as the South Korean company recently confirmed that it would launch the assistant today.

A Samsung official was quoted saying that “Bixby Voice is going through an iterative process to build up a user's voice, instructions, and other knowledge through a learning engine called Deep Learning.”

If Bixby Voice services will provide users with the full experience that other AIs like Google Assistant, Cortana, Alexa, and Siri offer to some degree, it remains to be seen.

The good news is the rollout will begin today in South Korea and will slowly expand to more countries in the coming days.

If you've already bought the phone, Bixby Voice will be pushed OTA to your Galaxy S8 or S8+, so all you have to do is wait. In the meantime, you can check out what we think about Bixby assistant by reading our Samsung Galaxy S8 review.

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  • 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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51 Comments

1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

No, it's likely not. But it will get better with time just like Google voice search or siri.

8. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It will remain pointless imo no matter how much they work on it. The only con I can find in my S8 is the Bixby button, I don't want to remap it, just give me an option to disable it, because they chose the worst place to place it on, always having accidental touches when pressing the home button or even the volume buttons. They should've placed it on top or at least give it a little bit if texture like HTC and Huawei do with their home buttons. Apart from this, I'm loving every bit of this phone.

19. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

You can still remap the button. Map it to no action and you're good to go. Also, I heard the phone is getting an update to remap the button to press Bixby only on a double press. So you should be good to go. Regarding the phone, tried 4 units at a store and was impressed. However, I'm not getting it due to the bad binning on the exynos models. All 4 units had a bin score of less than 4 out of 15. For comparison, my S6 has a bin of 12. I'm hoping they will fix it by the time note 8 releases. Since I know all other phones this year will either suck or will run IOS.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

What exactly does the bin score refer to?

23. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The chip's voltage frequency curve. The higher the bin, the better quality the silicon chip is. It's like what intel does with their i7, i5 and i3 lineups. The ones with the best voltage regulation and no defects get to be i7 line, and so on. The better bins require lower voltage to run at the same clock speed. The difference between bin 1 to bin 15 is about 20% voltage. That's a LOT! 20% voltage increase means 44% higher power consumption! Poorly binned chips perform worse(throttling), have more glitches in general and obviously will have much lower battery life. The issue is mainly due to premature 10nm process. Yields will improve and the later batches will be much better. I guess by the time of note 8 we should be seeing average bin of 12 or so. Exynos 8895 is a disappointment. In regular tasks, it's actually slower than 8890, and the battery life is trash too.

27. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So you dont own an S8 exynos version, but claiming the performance and battery life is trash? umm okay

29. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Wait, do I need to own an HTC U Ultra to claim it's a trash phone. Welcome to the internet in 2017, where you can check the objective analysis before buying a phone and have a good gauge on the phone's performance. Those things are called reviews, my caveman friend.

35. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Which review are you talking about? or are you those people who see's One or Two reviews and automatically believes it, and assumes their battery usage is the same as everyone else in real life?

36. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I wonder the same thing top, @Jason2K13. Just curious to know which high reviews did Tryrion read before making such conclusions.

37. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Ars Technica UK's review rates the S8(exynos) getting lower battery life than S7(exynos). Also Andrei Framusanu explained the whole thing on his twitter. To check this, I went to the store and checked 4 demo units. All 4 had terrible bins, hence the story checks out. Also check this out. This is a poll on XDA. Most people are getting terrible bins from their exynos S8: https://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s8/how-to/exynos-chip-binning-t3596434

41. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So, does this mean the Exynos variant of Samsung's flagship should be avoided this time around? But hasn't the Snapdragon version always sucked, though? Thanks for the info anyways.

42. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Snapdragon hasn't always sucked. The S5 Snapdragon was better than the Exynos. It's not that much difference between the Snapdragon 835 and exynos 8895. More like 5-10% in performance and battery life. The real kicker is that 8895 does worse than the 8890. It's not the fault of the chipset. 8895 is an excellent design and so is the 835. It's just that the 10nm LPE is not mature enough. I expect this will be fixed in later batches as the process matures. I expect the Exynos 8895 in note 8 to do much better. Let's wait and see.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You are really reaching here. Its a phone, how much voltage you think its gonna use? Check the battery test all over YouTube. The S8+ last as long as the S7 edge did. Those tests mean nothign vs day to day usage. Anyone who would base buying something on a test, which isnt based on any real world usage, is reaching for straws at best. If you don't like it, don't buy it. But lame excuses are retards. No matter how technical you try to make them sound. TO me, it is no different than say..."we the benchmark was loser than the iPhone, so that means it slower so I'm not gonna buy it", There was a 99.9% chance you wasn't gonna buy it anyways and this lame test made it 100%. You just need to justify it to yourself, because we don't care!

40. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It's not about how much voltage it's gonna use. It's because voltage affects battery life. 20% extra voltage will add 44% to the power consumption. Let me explain clearly. VOLTAGE MATTERS BECAUSE BATTERY LIFE MATTERS. I can give tests in which the S8+ does not last as long as S7 edge. As I said, it depends on what bins you get. At bin 1, your phone will barely last as long as S7 and at bin 15, you will beat even the S7 edge easily. Battery life means everything in day to day use. If you don't care about battery life, go on. But don't think others don't care. Check this out if your poor brain understands it: http://www.anandtech.com/show/9330/exynos-7420-deep-dive The difference between ASV1 and ASV15 is upto 20% voltage. That's huge. You cared enough to reply and say you don't care. That's very hypocritical of you. Power is squarely proportional to voltage. P = kv^2f. k is constant, v is voltage and f is frequency. Voltage is not just for overclocking you fool. twice the voltage means 4 times power consumption and 4 times the heat to handle, that's why is matters for overclocking.

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yes sadly the S8 i was testing has the same tendency to overheat as the S7... bad bad..

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

http://androidcreations.weebly.com/cpu-binning-explained.html The test is stupid. It's his BS trying to sound technical. Basically, the test is design to check the chip for stability when the chip is being overclocked. The CPU's inside smartphones are only ran at their native range of frequencies. This test was made by Intel after they went Pentium. It is an overclockers tool to help them test how hard they can overclock a CPU based on the cooling system being used. His claims of runnign it on a smartphone is stupid, because smartphone chips are not overclocked. The tool tells you how much voltage is needed to help run the chip stable at higher than normal clock speeds. This test doesn't work on a chip that will never exceed it native clock. So he is spinning BS driviel. The CPU in a phone is not overclocked, thus its voltage usage will be low. This is a "technical" BS because basically he was 99% sure he wasn't gonna get the device to begin with and this seal the deal. For something he is misapplying to a platform it wasn't even meant for. My assumption is, since he wants the Exynos version of the phone, he plans to overclock the CPU which is stupid. Yet he was one of the ones clambering about battery-life claiming the batteries were smaller, which they are not. They are the same size they were in the S7's. The next question would be, what person would need to overclock a CPU in a phone to begin with? Aren't they fast enough already? Think about it!

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Humm Soc binning also will affect battery life. try again techie. https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2215710 here an example from XDA and they know how smartphone work much better than anyone on this site..

48. nique0201

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

How do you accidently press it pushing the home button? The home button is a software key. There's no force involved. Unless you always hard press and even still I don't see how the two get in each other's way.

49. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I meant the power button, my bad :)

13. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

What was this in reply to?

14. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

The title dude.

18. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Pass the blunt dude.

25. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

I saw them using it on a korean game show and it looked pretty good. It was obvious they were sponsored heavily but it honestly looked pretty good where they were finding things using bixby and camera as well as few others Also big thing riding on Bixby is the iot which samsung has invested heavily on

26. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I'm sure it will become big in the coming years.

2. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not related to this story, but I wanted to talk about your article regarding the S8 and old wireless fast charging pads. I received my S8 3 days ago, and it's working flawlessly with the wireless fast charger pad I bought for the S7 Edge last year, with the same old fast charging brick I bought last year as well.

6. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I guess they fixed it with a software update. I can confirm it wasn't working earlier from a friend at s8 subreddit. It worked when you connected with a regular charger at regular speeds. The issue was that it didn't fast wireless charge.

7. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The article didn't talk about charging speeds, it clearly stated that the S8 have compatibility issues with old wireless chargers and were not charging at all. I can also confirm that I tried it before updating my phone and it also worked flawlessly. There was a 600+ MB update the moment I turned my phone on, and I waited till after midnight to download the update, and prior to that, I had my phone fast charging wirelessly.

11. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

I tried my s8 it with my bro's s7 charging pad, can confirm it worked for me, might get one myself.

24. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I don't know in that case. The guy I know is from US and his wireless charger was not working at full speed. Good for you if it's working. In my country, they are giving the new one for free anyway.

43. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

What is your site called?

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