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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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
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51 Comments

50. Kunker

Posts: 1; Member since: May 01, 2017

Intresting if it will be more popular than Google Assistant. For anyone who is intrested in bixby check out my article ;) tekbrinks.com/2017/04/20/what-is-bixby/

51. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nice Bixby article you got there at tekbrinks. It's also the first time I visited that site. Never new it existed.

34. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Check the battery test all over YouTube. The S8 last as long as the S7 edge did." Really? I'll be impressed if that is true. I generally go by what GSMArena says, and so far they say the Galaxy S8 Plus scores an 88hrs battery-life rating, which is lower than the S7 edge's 92hrs on the Nougat firmware... Keep in mind that the S7 edge scored 98hrs on the Marshmallow firmware it launched with. So I think the S8 series do not last equally as long as the S7 edge, but 88hrs is still impressive, anyways.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Bixby needs launch work. Sometimes when I press the button, nothing happens; or it takes as many as 3 seconds before anything pops up. Needs to be faster! Other than that, it works fine.

20. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

If it wasn't ready for primetime then they wouldn't be launching it fool.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can't wait for the full Bixby experience. I like the agrigated content, as it is, and am looking forward to the voice commands.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Just like how the $800 iPhone 4S debuted with Siri in beta? Don't be a hypocrite calling out Bixby and ignoring the same beta issues of Siri and Google Now when they first launched.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4421; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looking forward to the Bixby roll out. Bixby is not designed to be a Google Assistant competitor, at least not for now. I have no problem having both availanle to me. Bixby cards are far better than Google now even at this early stage.

9. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Haters gone hate anyway. Was Siri or GA ready for prime time when they were released? Every OEM gets a pass but Samsung is always criticized for every move. Feels like the media is against the success of Samsung products. You guys should learn to chill.

10. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 668; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

No exactly it wasn't apparently when Google Assistant was released it was miising either voice support or text supoort I forgot which one. It was brought eventually through an update. If Google and Siri can update and add more features later which are important than why can't Samsung.

5. Unordinary unregistered

Always releasing unfinished products... what better way to include a key selling point (see useless bixby button) with the launch of the phone, without the key selling point. Lmao Last time Samsung released an unfinished product, s**t was exploding, planes were being grounded mid flight, global airport bans, rooms catching fire. Not one but TWO recalls.. You'd think they would learn lol.

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

$800 beta test phones with beta features.

21. Youngquenga41

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

The iPhone is always in beta stage fool. Siri is garbage even against bixby in it's early stage.

31. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

And what is your proof?

46. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I remember a Apple map software thats even asked ppl to turn left when all thats was visible on the left was a river with no bridge.. or ppl getting lost in australian desert because apple map could not even do basic positioning using gps.. So Unordinary try again.

47. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Last time Samsung released an unfinished product" WOW you are stupid. Yes , some of that did happen but, it wasn't because the phone was unfinished. It was because of a faulty battery. And I can think of another phone that all that has happened to but, that's not what this article is about.

4. iFanatic

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Regardless of what my nickname says, Bixby is a flop from the beginning. Google Assistant is the best and most importantly, is usable. And honestly, if I ever had the option of choosing, I would choose GA over Siri in a heartbeat.

39. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Good thing the s8 gives you Bixby and GA huh. And Bixby isn't just another AI, it's intertwined with most native apps on the phone

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Is bixby a reincarnation of the 'Viv' that Samsung bought from the same people that made Siri? What happened to that purchase?

38. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

It's Viv meets S Voice, from what it appears at least

2. maherk

Posts: 7101; 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: 7101; 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: 471; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

What is your site called?

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I believe some people had issues with it working with the very first wireless charger which came with the S6. I have a wireless charger, which I purchased with my Note 5. It works find. The issue was with the original first one they released. The one that came with the S7 is newer.

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: 7101; 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.

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