Samsung says the Galaxy S8 will launch without Bixby Voice

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  • hunkyleepickle

    So your new flagship phone, that you just spent over a grand on, has a dedicated button that does…..nothing? If they just gave the option out of the box to designate the button to any task, it would be a genuinely useful feature. I suspect it will just end up being like S-voice, disabled almost immediately by most.

    • thereasoner

      It’s been reported several days ago on many sites, they won’t allow a link for some reason and they didn’t report on it here either as far as I know but you can remap the Bixby button with a free app on the PlayStore called – All In One Gestures.

    • h2oflyer

      Unless you can remap it for something useful like a dedicated camera shutter button, it’s a useless pimple on the side of the phone.

    • Garrett Cooper

      But that’s the point, you will be able to remap that button. Which is good because been if Bixby was offered in full at launch, it still shouldn’t have a button, that’s stupid. A hands free solution shouldn’t require you to touch your phone.

    • h2oflyer

      Is it confirmed that the Bixby button can be reconfigured to any feature including the camera shutter ?

    • thereasoner

      Reports from XDA, who provided a video tutorial on the app and from various tech sites reporting on it are saying that “anything” can be remapped to the Bixby button.

      Most will probably use it for either the camera or Google Assistant if you go by the comments on some of those sites.

    • Garrett Cooper

      What he said.

    • Do Do

      Which should be built in the settings. I’m personally getting sick and tired of Samsung doubling every built in android app with their own, usually not as good apps. I’ve got 34 apps disabled on my phone right now. That’s ridiculous and it should be illegal for all these junk apps can be included and not “removed”

    • thereasoner

      When I had my last Samsung, the excellent GS6, I preferred their calendar, health and theme apps to any other alternatives from Google or others. They also have the better mobile payment app and I also used their browser as one of two I keep ony phone.

      It’s not like before with Samsung either, where you couldn’t completely delete stuff from the device. I completely uninstalled 14 unwanted apps. There were actually only a few others that I could only disable that I didn’t want and that’s actually better than iPhones where you can’t do anything at all about native apps you don’t want for things like their watch. You can’t even take it off your home screen on an iPhone!

      How old is your device and 34 apps?, were you trying to wipe it to clean stock?, Lol. In which case why not buy a stock or near stock Android device?

  • h2oflyer

    Typical….Another reason to stay with my S7. Really trying to be positive to Samsung, but after bringing us the great 7’s they’ve gone sloppy. You would think that after the Note7 they would care about consumer confidence, THEY DON’T. The S8 is becoming just another new launch with a bunch of desperate promises.

    They’re big enough to stay on top of the Android pile for a while until they start sliding downhill like Sony.

    • thereasoner

      Lmao!! Typical of you!

    • h2oflyer

      Glad to see you here with all the negativity….Does it hurt to laugh ?

      You can’t let a negative Samsung comment go by without attacking it. Instead of posting your own views you act like a wannabe Samsung cop defending their virtue.

  • TP

    Yet another proof that S7 was rushed.
    First, the location of fingerprint sensor
    Second, features presented at launch, but announced ‘available later’
    I just hope they didn’t rush on the battery this time.

    • thereasoner

      Reports are that they wanted to improve voice actions for the full reviews because some issues were discovered during the hands on demonstrations​. I still expect it to be behind those who have been at it for several years already and that’s understandable.

      Last year the S7 came out on March 12, these are 6 weeks later so no rush is apparent. If anything they took over 13 months on these which is slower than normal.

      I expect that these will be the safest phones on the market with all the extra testing they are now going through, so no worries there.

    • TP

      I’m not saying it’s rushed from normal development cycle perspective, just trying to mean that some areas of the phone’s design and software seem to be half-baked.
      I too believe Samsung put extra effort on making the phones safe, but I expected them to do the same when they exchanged the battery after the first round of issues…and the exchanged phones still exploded.

    • thereasoner

      Yeah, they identified the problem as the battery supplier when it turned out that it didn’t matter who made it for them because it was the battery design that was the real problem.

      Obviously they thought they had the problem under control as I’m sure that they didn’t want a second recall. It wasn’t until another manufacturer was used before they could even realize it wasn’t just a manufacturing issue. That said, in a rush to get phones back in Note 7 buyers hands they didn’t test the second manufacturers batteries well enough either, probably because they were convinced that the first supplier was at fault, not the battery design at that point.

    • TP

      Yeah, I mean, no intention to bash blindly. While I am not fond of Samsung, I still think Galaxy S and Note are the best Android phones for the last a few years at least. I just see that these obvious flaws could have been avoided if they spent more time before rushing to the market.

    • thereasoner

      Yeah, I really like Samsung phones for what they do well and the Pixel I have now for it’s advantages. I have a hard time anointing any device as the best though. What’s best is different for everyone depending on your wants and needs imo as all flagships seem to have some advantages over the other.