So, do we even care about Bixby?

So, do we even care about Bixby?
Samsung's decision to include its own (allegedly) super-smart AI assistant with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ was a bit perplexing. Considering that Google launched the Google Assistant and it's actually available on Sammy's new glass-laden flagships, one can't help but question why the manufacturer would choose to burden the system with a second AI. Not only that, but the assistant in question — named Bixby — has its own hardware button, making sure that you can call upon it no matter what you are currently doing on the phone.

It's pretty safe to say that everyone is a bit skeptical about Bixby's usefulness and whether it's worth whatever resources it will be eating up in the background (not to mention resources spent on development). Smartphone fans, critics, reviewers, and tech heads are all giving it a squinty-eyed look. It doesn't really help that Bixby won't even be fully functional when the phone launches — not off to a good start there, and definitely not very confidence-inspiring.

Despite that, what camp are you in? Are you excited about Bixby? Or should Samsung bury it as fast as possible and relocate whatever resources it has over to another department?

Excited about Bixby?

Yes! Can't wait to try it!
12.2%
I'll give it a chance, we'll see how it goes
26.09%
Don't really care. Let me remap that button for something more useful
61.71%

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31 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yeah, I freaking care about Bixby and about everything else in the mighty Galaxy S8!

5. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I'm mostly excited for that crispy download speed performance...

10. Nopers unregistered

That you'll never use.

15. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Who are you exactly.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Says you? You are aware there are people in the US especially who do have access to Gigabit wireless speeds...right? I have customers with Google Fiber. I have customers who have Gigibit speed wifi in their office without Google Fiber. I have a T1 at my home and I also have a Gigabit modem, which I can now use. The vast majority may not get to use it, but with every vast majority are always exceptions. You just mad because your phone whatever it is, wont be the first to have it. DOUCHEBAG!

25. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Are you stupid? What does this have to do with google fiber? This has gigabit LTE, what does it have to do with wifi? Btw, it doesn't support gigabit wifi just using the wifi chip......

2. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

If Bixby is the only reason you get an S8/S8+, then you really aren't going to put that money to good use...

3. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I say this as someone who, if I wasn't a dirt poor cheapskate, would purchase the S8 in a heartbeat.

4. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I don't care about Virtual Assistant in general. Let the button be customizable for camera or some other options.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Do people actually use those things?

6. scarface21173

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Google assistant is already built in, why would i need bixby.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Choice. Guess what many phones come with a browser by default. Dont you like the ability to not be forced to use it? I use Google Assistant. I don't personally like or dislike. I now can have an alternative. SO WHAT! Suppose when you wanted a hamburger your only choice was McDonald's and you couldnt legally buy ground beef at the store. Would you be okay with that?

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'd much rather remap it. The concept of Bixby doesn't really do a ton for me.

8. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Do people really care about assistants in 2017?? How many people really use Siri, Google Assistant etc ??? It's gimmicks to me.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree. I think many people use it sparingly as a vast majority and those who use it religiously are simply lazy. When I took a vacation in 2015, because I hadn't been to Florida in a few years, I did use Siri and Google to find new things that I would not have been aware of otherwise. Most of my traveling is in the Midwest, so I dont need the assistants for that. But when I go to places I've never been, knowing what I can go do that si local to me is important. So while driving I always use assistants so I can keep my eye on the road. I am usually with my family or towing expensive equipment and I like to be safe. They are useful. Yes they are also gimmicky. But they are far less gimmicky than things like Iris Scanners, Force Touch (poorly implemented) and the like.

9. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

I'll actually use Bixby instead of Google Assistant, becuz Google Assistant searches for what I ask 80% most o the time instead of doing it. I'm also interested to see how other apps will benefit from Bixby SDK c:

13. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1012; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Exactly, people are assuming Bixby is just another Siri or Google Assistant. Bixby is designed to work with every aspect of your phone and Samsung's entire ioT.

21. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

First time ever I have been interested in ai assistant Siri or google assistant never did I also say the vote results are fake Now that Apple have a real challenger from Samsung with Bixby, phonearena is critisizing the Bixby It's so obvious But hell yeah We are dam interested in this awesome assistant

22. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

It will be worth a try. But Google assistant is on there too. Not crazy about a duplicate app for Googles own apps.

24. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Rigged polls

26. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I'll try it out once I've seen the privacy policy. I don't really intend to use it, because I hardly use G assistant either. But I hope they surprise us with far deeper integration than we've ever seen, all done on device.

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, as if the people voting were even thinking of buying the S8 or any Samsung device in the first place...but alas, apple presstitutes gotta find a way to downplay the successful competition.

29. mikehunta727 unregistered

Goes both ways here on PA polls

31. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Both ways indeed. I really like both platforms. I was never really considering a S8 but maybe the Note 8 later this year. But when you read the non stop stats and data that a self proclaim xp writes, it kinda turns you off of Samsung. That dude is something else. Then tells people to shoot them selves and endorses beating on women. How is he not banned is beyond me?

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