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  1. Premium1's Avatar
    Bixby Voice is now available on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the US after a few month delay and short testing period through an early access program. That means you now have the full Bixby experience that was first revealed during the S8’s unveiling. We took it for a good spin a few weeks back – feel free to give that video a look.

    To get Bixby on your Galaxy S8 or S8+, you’ll only need to hit the Bixby button on your phone to open Bixby. Once you have done that, the update process should initiate pretty quickly to bring in the new Voice capabilities. You may have to login to your Samsung account, agree to some terms, and potentially even some new permissions. Of course, that seems necessary since Bixby Voice interacts with every aspect of your phone.
    kevinpleasants likes this.
    07-18-2017 11:28 PM
  2. PJRed2008's Avatar
    I'm sure that news will make a lot of folks happy, but DoubtingPJRed that I am, I think I'll leave it tucked in BK Disabler until the real beta test is over
    07-18-2017 11:49 PM
  3. Tim1954's Avatar
    Yes, I'm fairly ambivalent about the whole thing also... I'm happy nuff to poke around in the device the old fashioned way. Way too many permissions needed by these assistants for my liking
    PJRed2008 likes this.
    07-19-2017 12:16 AM
  4. ThrottleJohnny's Avatar
    Yes, I'm fairly ambivalent about the whole thing also... I'm happy nuff to poke around in the device the old fashioned way. Way too many permissions needed by these assistants for my liking
    Almost as many as setting up a smartphone.
    jlost likes this.
    07-19-2017 12:27 AM
  5. zyad's Avatar
    Nothing available yet in Canada
    07-19-2017 12:29 AM
  6. Tim1954's Avatar
    Indeed. I go through new devices and throttle most permissions and block things I don't use with firewall. If I want to do something, I give permission until task is done, then remove it again.
    I can see the usefulness of a mature assistant, and it's amusing to just talk to the phone and get stuff done...
    07-19-2017 12:32 AM
  7. PJRed2008's Avatar
    Nothing available yet in Canada
    Were you folk in on the beta?
    07-19-2017 12:32 AM
  8. zyad's Avatar
    Were you folk in on the beta?
    No it would allow me to sign up for it.
    I must tried clearing a the Bixby Apps data files and restarting and still no dice.
    I guess it's coming to Canada later.
    Since we are sooooo different than the U.S., Samsung will take anotherb2 months to program the "Eh?" And "Sorry" commands.
    07-19-2017 12:38 AM
  9. PJRed2008's Avatar
    Samsung will take anotherb2 months to program the "Eh?" And "Sorry" commands.
    LOL
    07-19-2017 12:47 AM
  10. Stevenmc8602's Avatar
    Yes, I'm fairly ambivalent about the whole thing also... I'm happy nuff to poke around in the device the old fashioned way. Way too many permissions needed by these assistants for my liking
    Lol I was waiting for the ppl that was gonna mention permissions...

    It has to be permission heavy tho to access your entire phone
    07-19-2017 12:48 AM
  11. Tim1954's Avatar
    Someone had to do it hey... ;-)
    Stevenmc8602 likes this.
    07-19-2017 12:54 AM
  12. alwilliam's Avatar
    Yes, I'm fairly ambivalent about the whole thing also... I'm happy nuff to poke around in the device the old fashioned way. Way too many permissions needed by these assistants for my liking
    If you want Bixby to assist you, then it needs full access to your phone.

    Hi Bixby, call John Doe - "Sorry, can't do! I'm not allowed to access your phone app."
    Hi Bixby, open gallery and make an album of photos taken at Las Vegas - "Sorry, no can't do. No permission."
    07-19-2017 01:31 AM
  13. Tim1954's Avatar
    Chuckles!
    jlost likes this.
    07-19-2017 01:32 AM
  14. DLIVINGS's Avatar
    If you want Bixby to assist you, then it needs full access to your phone.

    Hi Bixby, call John Doe - "Sorry, can't do! I'm not allowed to access your phone app."
    Hi Bixby, open gallery and make an album of photos taken at Las Vegas - "Sorry, no can't do. No permission."
    +1 well said
    Premium1 and LoveMyPhone like this.
    07-19-2017 06:51 AM
  15. Dconn1975's Avatar
    Well at least they have it moving forward now and given it some hope. I love my Google cards so it's going to take a lot to replace the articles I get from those Google cards. Is there a way one can go in and pre program it to locate cards that one would actually have interest in like one being mobile tech or NASA related articles? I don't even recall ever going in to google and letting it know that I enjoy most all mobile tech articles or that I like NASA related stories which of course isn't all of my Google cards but they are on there though. I just tried to use bixby to get a value on my unlocked S8 and it seemed to work pretty well. I'm just not interested in opening it up every day and asking for specific articles rather I'd want them waiting on me like Google does.
    07-19-2017 07:15 AM
  16. ajb1965's Avatar
    I haven't played with it much, but my first impressions are it's painfully slow carrying out requested actions. I'm sure over time it will improve though.

    One step closer to Skynet.....
    Premium1 likes this.
    07-19-2017 07:23 AM
  17. Almeuit's Avatar
    Cool for those who want it .
    Tim1954 likes this.
    07-19-2017 07:41 AM
  18. bassplayrguy's Avatar
    Well at least they have it moving forward now and given it some hope. I love my Google cards so it's going to take a lot to replace the articles I get from those Google cards. Is there a way one can go in and pre program it to locate cards that one would actually have interest in like one being mobile tech or NASA related articles? I don't even recall ever going in to google and letting it know that I enjoy most all mobile tech articles or that I like NASA related stories which of course isn't all of my Google cards but they are on there though. I just tried to use bixby to get a value on my unlocked S8 and it seemed to work pretty well. I'm just not interested in opening it up every day and asking for specific articles rather I'd want them waiting on me like Google does.
    You can still use Google to look at your cards like normal. Bixby is for phone functions where Google is more for internet and information functions.
    kevinpleasants likes this.
    07-19-2017 09:09 AM
  19. Premium1's Avatar
    Lol I was waiting for the ppl that was gonna mention permissions...

    It has to be permission heavy tho to access your entire phone
    Which makes sense for what bixby does.
    07-19-2017 09:57 AM
  20. markst's Avatar
    I'll stick with Google..
    07-19-2017 09:59 AM
  21. Premium1's Avatar
    I'll stick with Google..
    Choice is a great thing..
    ClintRo likes this.
    07-19-2017 10:02 AM
  22. geagle63's Avatar
    I didnt have to update anything. I hit the Bixby button and there it was. Setting it up now.
    Premium1 likes this.
    07-19-2017 10:23 AM
  23. indysteve9's Avatar
    I've downloaded it and played with it a bit. Meh. I most likely won't use it just like I don't use Google Now much and never use Cortana on my PC.
    07-19-2017 10:27 AM
  24. gendo667's Avatar
    Couldn't care less. To those who waited, cheers.
    07-19-2017 11:08 AM
  25. T48's Avatar
    I'll stick with Google..
    They are not the same in terms of what each can do.
    That aside, do not have a use for either.

    Just in case some may be looking for the update. You have to open Bixby & the prompt will be there.
    It is not under the usual software update tab.
    Premium1 likes this.
    07-19-2017 11:34 AM
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