Oct 20, 2018 | Updated: 04:34 PM EDT

Samsung Galaxy S8: Tech Giant Rolls Out Bixby Update In South Korea

May 01, 2017 01:35 PM EDT


Samsung has rolled out another update which now supports voice commands for their newly developed Bixby AI that in turn replaces Google Assistant on their new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones. Samsung unveiled both their flagship models at a dedicated launch event in New York this year. The new devices will now serve as the flagships from Samsung for the year of 2017.

Samsung has currently rolled out the update only to South Korea with the United States closely watching the developments. Reports indicate that US consumers will receive the update shortly. According to TNW, Samsung did not ship with Bixby assistant out of the box. That said, Samsung has now locked the modification of the Bixby button on both Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus models, which could be modified to launch Google Assistant prior to a patch.

Most users are not really pleased with such a harsh decision from Samsung in order to force all their Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus customers with using the Bixby assistant while Google's own AI did the same. Competition is likely in mind for Samsung but that said the Bixby AI is only different in its user interface and some minor additions to it.

Meanwhile, a report from ZDNet mentions that US consumers will most likely receive the new update in May. There's no precise information about a global rollout of their new update. Overall, Samsung has managed to get right back into the competition with the release of their Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones.

Samsung has implemented a lot of security features on their new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones with the inclusion of an iris scanner. That said, they have also repositioned the fingerprint sensor to the back of the device just next to the camera which is a bit uncomfortable for the majority of its users. Hence, Samsung feels the iris scanner is a better and precise alternative than unlocking the device with a fingerprint.  


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