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Bixby learns new languages but only on the Galaxy Note 9

Bixby learns new languages but only on the Galaxy Note 9

When Samsung announced its own take on the AI-powered smart assistant, there were naturally some doubts as to Samsung’s ability to carry through its vision. The botched launch of Bixby and other criticisms made it even less certain that the company will be able to deliver what it promised. One of those is support for languages other than Korean, Chinese, and English. The good news: that’s partially being delivered. The bad news: it’s only available for a very select few.

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Samsung foldable smartphone gives Bixby a powerful reboot

Samsung foldable smartphone gives Bixby a powerful reboot

Following its annual developer conference here in the United States, Samsung hosted another developer conference in Seoul earlier today. While a lot of the topics it covered today were similar to what we saw earlier in the month, it did make at least one interesting announcement concerning its upcoming foldable phone. As it turns out, that foldable smnartphone will play host to a new version of Bixby.

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Samsung puts voice at the heart of the Smart Home

Samsung puts voice at the heart of the Smart Home

Samsung's smart TVs are gaining more voice control, with new partnerships with streaming services like Netflix and Spotify that won't need you to pick up the remote. Announced at SDC 2018, Samsung's annual Developer Conference, the new Voice Media Control API will allow apps and services to enable speech controls more easily.

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Samsung opens Bixby to developers in scalable AI platform play

Samsung opens Bixby to developers in scalable AI platform play

Samsung isn't done with Bixby. The virtual assistant may not have reached the usefulness of Alexa or the Google Assistant, or the consumer awareness of Siri, but Samsung is betting that embracing third-party developers and expanding Bixby's availability will make the difference in the long-term.

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Samsung Bixby assistant will soon support skills from third-party developers

Samsung Bixby assistant will soon support skills from third-party developers

Samsung's own Bixby assistant has been around for a few years now, but it still trails far behind Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant in usage. This is due to a number of reasons, including poor performance and a lack of features, but also because of Alexa and Assistant's third-party support, which has resulted in widespread integration with other apps and services. It now looks like Samsung is ready to have Bixby take a stab at learning new skills too.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby update has an alternative to disabling it

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby update has an alternative to disabling it

Samsung’s latest flagships are nearly perfect but they all have one consistent flaw. No, it’s not Bixby per se but the obtrusive Bixby button at the side. Samsung dared to make it impossible to disable that button on the Galaxy Note 9 but, after major backlash, it said it would reconsider. Reconsider it did but not in the way users hoped. The latest update to Bixby doesn’t bring back that option but, instead, offers a way to make it harder to accidentally trigger Bixby in the first place.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is currently the only device with a button that cannot (by default) be turned away from Bixby. Bixby is Samsung's smart assistant, and it's meant to be a helpful feature on the Galaxy Note 9 - but not all users want it. Much in the spirit of the DIY community at large, a couple of real nice options appeared in the last week for Note 9 owners wishing to disable Bixby completely.

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Samsung Bixby will be opening its doors to third-parties soon

Samsung Bixby will be opening its doors to third-parties soon

Bixby is criticized for many things, particularly on how Samsung is shoving it down users’ throats via its dedicated button. One thing it probably can’t be criticized for is its potential. But potential naturally doesn’t mean actual reality and Bixby still leaves much to be desired in practice. In trying to step up its game and prove that it has a lot more (than Siri or Cortana) has to offer, Samsung will soon be providing third-party developers with the tools to build apps around Bixby and have Bixby integrate with them as well.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button can be remapped again with bxActions

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button can be remapped again with bxActions

You have to hand it to the Android community for finding ways around unreasonable restrictions imposed by manufacturers. Even better when they don’t require rooting the device first. One prime example is bxActions, which at least makes Samsung’s accursed Bixby button more relevant. The app has now been updated to support the Galaxy Note 9 to give those who dislike Bixby a bit of a reprieve. At least until Samsung does something again to make it all moot.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby 2.0 is going to increase haters

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby 2.0 is going to increase haters

On a technical level, Samsung’s Bixby assistant is actually capable and has a lot of potential. Yes, it demonstrates Samsung’s NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome, but that has never stopped other companies (like Huawei) from taking the same route. Instead, Samsung is being chastised mostly for shoving Bixby down its users' throats. It has somewhat compromised on that but, starting with Bixby 2.0 on the Galaxy Note 9, it’s taking its stubborn stance once again.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home will live or die by AI

Samsung’s Galaxy Home will live or die by AI

Samsung's Bixby speaker didn't look like anything we expected, with the Galaxy Home a bulbous alien egg promising to take on Apple's HomePod, Amazon's Echo, and Google's Home. Announced at Unpacked 2018 in Brooklyn this week, alongside the Galaxy Note 9, the unusual smart speaker has already been compared to a sci-fi movie prop, a cauldron, and even cyborg cow udders. The biggest question, of course, is whether Samsung - and Bixby - has what it takes to compete.

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Samsung Unpacked 2018 wrap-up: Everything you need to know

Samsung Unpacked 2018 wrap-up: Everything you need to know

Samsung's big Note 9 announcement took place today, and the 6.4-inch smartphone brought along some surprises too. We knew the latest Galaxy Note would take center stage at the company's latest Unpacked 2018 event, but Samsung wasn't ending things there, with more new hardware and feature upgrades.

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