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Bixby (virtual assistant)

Bixby is a virtual assistant developed by Samsung Electronics.[8]

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Bixby information screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Bixby information screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Original author(s)Samsung
Initial releaseApril 21, 2017; 18 months ago (2017-04-21)
Stable release(s) [±]
Bixby1.0.21.10 / May 1, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-05-01)[1]
Bixby Global Action1.0.11.0 / May 1, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-05-01)[2]
Bixby Home2.1.10.4 / May 8, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-05-08)[3]
Bixby service1.0.10.2 / May 1, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-05-01)[4]
Bixby Vision2.2.01.3 / May 25, 2018; 5 months ago (2018-05-25)[5]
Bixby voice input1.0.04.0 / August 22, 2017; 14 months ago (2017-08-22)[6]
Bixby voice wake-up2.0.11.10 / May 1, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-05-01)[7]
Operating systemAndroid
Available inEnglish (US only), Korean, Chinese (China)
TypeIntelligent personal assistant

On March 20, 2017, Samsung announced the voice-powered digital assistant named "Bixby".[9] Bixby was introduced alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event, which was held on March 29, 2017.[10][11] Samsung officially unveiled Bixby a week before launch but it only made its first appearance during the event.[12] Bixby can also be sideloaded on older Galaxy devices running Android Nougat.[13]

Bixby represents a major reboot for S Voice, Samsung's voice assistant app introduced in 2012 with the Galaxy S III.[14][15]

In May 2017, Samsung announced that Bixby would be coming to its line of Family Hub 2.0 refrigerators, making it the first non-mobile product to include the virtual assistant.[16]

In October 2017, Samsung announced the release of Bixby 2.0 during its annual developer conference in San Francisco. The new version is set to be rolled out across the company’s line of connected products, including smartphones, TVs, and refrigerators. Moreover, third parties will be allowed to develop applications for Bixby using the Samsung Developer Kit.[17]



Bixby comes with three parts, known as Bixby Voice, Bixby Vision and Bixby Home.[18]

Bixby VoiceEdit

With Bixby Voice, the user can trigger Bixby by calling it or doing a long press of the Bixby Button located below the volume rocker. A while before the phone's release, the Bixby Button was reprogrammable and could be set to open other applications or assistants, such as Google Assistant. Near the phone's release, however, this ability was removed with a firmware update, but can be remapped using third party apps.[19]

Bixby VisionEdit

Bixby Vision is built into the camera app and can "see" what one can see as it is essentially an augmented reality camera that can identify objects in real time, search for them on various services, and offer the user to purchase them if available. Bixby is also able to translate text, read QR codes, and recognize landmarks.[20]

Bixby HomeEdit

Bixby Home can be found by swiping to the right on the home screen or doing a short press on the Bixby Button. It is a vertically scrolling list of information that Bixby can interact with, for example, weather, fitness activity, and buttons for controlling their smart home gadgets.[20]

Bixby supports three languages including Chinese. It also supports contextual search and visual search.[21]

Language and country availabilityEdit

Samsung reported that Bixby would not be operational on the US version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ when the devices were first shipped to consumers on April 21, 2017. Samsung stated that the key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, would be available with the global launch of the smartphones. Bixby Voice was intended to be made available in the US on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ later that spring.[22] However, the release of the English version was postponed as Samsung had problems getting Bixby to fully understand the language.[23]

As of April 2018, Bixby is available in over 195 countries, but only in Korean, English (US only), and Chinese (Mandarin). The Chinese version of Bixby is only available on devices officially sold in Mainland China.[24] Bixby Korean was launched on May 1, 2017 (KST).[25]

Compatible devicesEdit

Flagship smartphones and tabletsEdit

Galaxy SEdit

Galaxy NoteEdit

Mid-range smartphones and tabletsEdit

Galaxy AEdit

Galaxy JEdit

Galaxy CEdit

  • Samsung Galaxy C8 (Bixby Home, Reminder and Bixby Vision only)

Smart speakersEdit

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Hello Bixby APKs - APKMirror". APKMirror. Android Police. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bixby service APKs - APKMirror". APKMirror. Android Police. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Bixby Vision APKs - APKMirror". APKMirror. Android Police. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Bixby voice input APKs - APKMirror". APKMirror. Android Police. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
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  13. ^ Schoon, Ben (3 April 2017). "Here's how to install Bixby and the Galaxy S8's new launcher on other Samsung devices". 9to5Google. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  14. ^ Scott Adam Gordon (10 February 2017). "Galaxy S8's Bixby assistant to be based on S-Voice, not Viv Labs tech". Android Authority. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  15. ^ Vincent, James (10 February 2017). "So, what is Samsung's Bixby AI assistant really made of?". The Verge. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
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  17. ^ Heater, Brian. "Bixby 2.0 takes center stage at Samsung's Developer Conference". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  18. ^ Dolcourt, Jessica (2017-03-29). "Samsung Galaxy S8's Bixby assistant needs to grow up fast". CNET. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  19. ^ Karner, Jen (2017-03-29). "What is Bixby and is it like Google Assistant?". Android Central. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
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  21. ^ "Bixby : Samsung Virtual Assistant [ Full Guide ]". TTGADGET - Tips and Tutorials for Gadget. 2017-03-23. Archived from the original on 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  22. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S8 hits launch snag with Bixby voice assistant". CNET. 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  23. ^ Whitwam, Ryan (2017-05-31). "WSJ: Samsung's English-language Bixby rollout delayed because English is hard". Android Police. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  24. ^ Kharpal, Arjun (22 August 2017). "Samsung Bixby expands to over 200 countries in battle with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri". CNBC. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  25. ^ Mu-Hyun, Cho (2017-05-01). "Samsung launches Galaxy S8 Bixby voice command in Korea". ZDNet. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  26. ^ Rutnik, Mitja (2017-07-12). "The Galaxy A7 (2017) features Bixby in South Korea". Android Authority. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
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  28. ^ Ingraham, Nathan (9 August 2018). "Does Samsung's Galaxy Home stand a chance?". Engadget. Oath Inc. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
Preceded by
S Voice
Bixby Succeeded by