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Pretty Soon a Smart Assistant Won’t Be a Choice

This winter I bought three Google Home Minis—two for me, and one for my lovely parents. Read More >>

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Samsung Smart Speaker, Huh? Let’s Talk

Yesterday, a report from Bloomberg came out saying that Samsung will launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the first half of 2018. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since DJ Koh already told CNBC back in August that the company was indeed trying to put its digital assistant, which first debuted on the Galaxy S8, into a smart speaker. The timeline is pretty obvious too; I’m betting that Samsung will unveil the device at Mobile World Congress 2018 in late February before putting it on sale sometime in the spring or early summer. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Bixby Button and Google’s Assistant Squeeze Are Different Flavours of the Same Screw Up

Even with all the screen issues, weird buzzing noises, and unbalanced speaker performance on Google’s Pixel 2, there’s an even bigger issue that’s been bugging me. The problem isn’t restricted to just that single device—and in fact, it actually crept up about six months ago when Samsung released the Galaxy S8. Read More >>

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That Annoying Bixby Button on your S8 Can Finally be Disabled

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8, it also unveiled Bixby - its very own answer to Siri. The handset had a built-in button especially for calling upon Bixby, and Samsung was adamant that you weren't going to use that button for anything else. Read More >>

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Samsung Says That Bixby Speaker is Still Happening

Everyone and their dog is trying to muscle in on the smart speaker game these days. Amazon pioneered the gadgets, but Google, Apple, and Microsoft all want in. The only company to seemingly put an end to such plans was Samsung, but it's now gone and backtracked by confirming there's still a Bixby-powered speaker in the works. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Bixby is Now Available in 200 More Countries, Including the UK

Bixby was supposed to be the Galaxy S8's killer feature, offering a virtual assistant built into the phone with its own dedicated button. Then it kept getting delayed, apparently because it was struggling to learn English. After launching in the US little over a month ago, Samsung has finally let Bixby go global - and that means its voice functions are available in the UK. Read More >>

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Check Out How Samsung Describes its Male and Female Bixby Assistants

After months of delays, Samsung’s much ballyhooed voice assistant Bixby is here—and users on social media are already noticing the company’s loaded, sexist characterisations of its female and male voices. Read More >>

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Samsung Galaxy S8’s Killer Feature Lands Months Late

Samsung’s AI assistant Bixby is finally available in the US—months late. But, hey, at least it doesn’t explode. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Bixby Assistant Delayed Again Because It Can’t Learn English: Report

Samsung claims its AI-based virtual assistant is smart enough to execute 15,000 tasks, use augmented reality to shop for you, and learn from your app usage. Yet, apparently it’s not capable of learning English. Read More >>

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Oh Great, Now Samsung’s Working on an Echo Rival

Well it's definite now. Virtual Assistant-focused gadgets are the new 'in' gadget, and every company under the sun has decided they want a piece of the action. First came the Echo, then Google Home, Microsoft's Invoke, and rumours of A Siri-powered system from Apple. Now it looks like Samsung wants in, using the still-unreleased Bixby, naturally. Read More >>

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People Are Reprogramming the Galaxy S8’s Bixby Button Because It’s Currently Pointless

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the prettiest phones you can buy right now, but it launched as a somewhat incomplete product. Bixby, the phone’s new digital assistant, doesn’t yet have one if its key features — voice recognition. This shortcoming wouldn’t be so obvious if only Samsung hadn’t included a new button on the side of the phone meant to launch Bixby. Thanks to some creative geekery, however, the seemingly useless button now has a purpose. Read More >>

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Yes, You Can Reprogram The S8’s Bixby Button

It's unusual to see a dedicated hardware key for anything on smartphones these days, so when the S8 was announced with a key just for its virtual assistant Bixby, everyone wanted to know if its function could be changed. Read More >>

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It’s Official: Samsung’s Voice-Controlled AI Assistant Is Called Bixby

As we hurtle towards the imminent launch of Samsung's not-really-very-secret-any-more Galaxy S8 at full speed, we're already learning more and more about one of the phone's most important features: Bixby, a new voice-controlled assistant that will replicate just about any command you could tap in with your fingers. Read More >>