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Love Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapable

Love Bixby or hate it, the Galaxy S9 will make AI inescapable

Samsung has just teased the existence of an AI-centric software for its flagship smartphones called the Samsung Galaxy AI UX. This may be a rebranding of the company's UI, and it is expected to be introduced with the upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone. This underscores the company's strong focus on Bixby and the overall vision it has for the use of its AI in a full ecosystem of products.

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Bixby button can now be completely disabled

Bixby button can now be completely disabled

Samsung may be having a fantastic year as far as mobile sales go (not so much politically), but it isn’t leaving 2017 unscathed. It biggest scandal, if you could call it that, is the overly hyped but totally underwhelming Bixby AI assistant and Samsung’s stubbornness to let users do what they want with the Bixby button. The manufacturer finally relented and let users at least stop Bixby from activating, but still woke up the phone. With the latest update, however, you can completely disable that button and never have to worry about a thing.

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Bixby 2.0 makes Samsung’s AI omnipresent

Bixby 2.0 makes Samsung’s AI omnipresent

Even though it got off to a fairly rocky start, Samsung's implementation of its Bixby AI seems to have leveled out a bit. Now that Samsung has Bixby up and running on its flagship phones around the world, it's looking to the future. The future is apparently bright for Bixby, as Samsung plans to have its AI assistant everywhere.

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SmartThings Cloud : This is Samsung’s big IoT cleanup

SmartThings Cloud : This is Samsung’s big IoT cleanup

This year's SDC brought together several Internet of Things brands/groups together into one: SmartThings Cloud. Each of the following names is now part of one bigger group: Samsung SmartThings, ARTIK, Samsung Connect. All three are now under the brand SmartThings Cloud. Of important note - this SmartThings Cloud all-encompassing platform name is what Samsung suggests will be both connected and open - open to 3rd-party brands and developers of many sorts.

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Samsung brings in Silicon Valley expert to make Bixby relevant

Samsung brings in Silicon Valley expert to make Bixby relevant

The AI assistant Bixby hasn't proven to be the consumer hit Samsung had hoped for and now the company is taking big steps to try and change that. Samsung has tweaked its personnel arrangement, bringing in expert Eui-suk Chung from Silicon Valley to work alongside its mobile division research lead Injong Rhee. Rhee will retain his role at the company, though.

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Pixel 2’s Active Edge is another Bixby Button blunder

Pixel 2’s Active Edge is another Bixby Button blunder

Just as the Samsung Galaxy S8 was roasted for its Bixby button, so too must we address the squeeze feature on Google's Pixel 2. The hardware comes from the HTC U11, the first place where HTC implemented "Edge Sense" with open-ended functionality. While the edge squeeze feature on the Pixel 2 remains a shortcut, it's currently restricted to Google Assistant - and no other connections are enabled.

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Samsung just made the Bixby button even more pointless

Samsung just made the Bixby button even more pointless

Speaking as a Galaxy S8 owner, I have to say that the phone is great, save for one rather annoying feature: the Bixby button. Not only is its usefulness wasted on me - someone who doesn't have much interest in Bixby - but it's also located in one of the most frustrating places. If you find yourself in the same boat, then take heart, because a new update is letting you fix those problems.

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Samsung Gear IconX 2nd Gen adds Bixby and boosts battery

Samsung Gear IconX 2nd Gen adds Bixby and boosts battery

Samsung has updated its AirPod-rivaling Gear IconX headset, adding Bixby support and more to its wireless earbuds. Like the original Gear IconX earbuds, the new models revealed this week at IFA 2017 are completely cordless: there's no tethering wire either between each bud or to your phone. For 2017, though, they should last longer than before.

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The Bixby button is the bane of my mobile existence

The Bixby button is the bane of my mobile existence

Samsung made a controversial decision with its flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones: to include a physical button for summoning Bixby, the personal assistant that wasn't finished upon the handsets' launch. Some people were okay with the button's existence when the option (briefly and unofficially) existed to remap it. Samsung squashed that ability, though, and now we're left with a button that is, for many of us, really annoying and completely useless.

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Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) might be first tablet with Bixby inside

Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) might be first tablet with Bixby inside

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A series is a weird one. Initially marketed for the low to mid tier market, Samsung unexpectedly put out two models with an S Pen inside. And then it launched a third model with a different size. Apparently, it’s not yet done with the line either. And while it may not be able to compete with the Galaxy Tab S3 in terms of specs, it might have one thing that the premium tablet still doesn’t have: Bixby.

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Samsung confirms Bixby speaker is still happening

Samsung confirms Bixby speaker is still happening

Perhaps rumors of the Samsung smart speaker’s death were largely exaggerated. In the midst of the loud noise it was making over the newly unveiled Galaxy Note 8, Samsung mobile division president DJ Koh dropped a few hints of products that go beyond the smartphone. Or in this case, even beyond a smartwatch. Koh openly admitted that the company is still working on such a device and might even announce it soon, but leaves the door open for a lot more possibilities.

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Samsung Bixby expands globally, still speaks only 2 languages

Samsung Bixby expands globally, still speaks only 2 languages

Bixby is both the highlight of Samsung year and also its biggest disappointment. Bixby Voice, the only part of Bixby that does matter, came late and was underwhelming. To be fair, it was a completely new venture for Samsung and a company exec admits it didn’t have the necessary big data for it. And to its credit, Samsung has been consistent in pushing and improving Bixby, which it is now pushing to over 200 countries around the world, allowing anyone with a compatible device to speak with Bixby. Presuming they can fluently speak US English or Korean.

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