Samsung’s Bixby is now available in more than 200 countries including the UK and Canada

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Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby is now accessible in more than 200 countries worldwide, including the UK, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. It’s already available in South Korea and the US, where it rolled out in July after months of delays. The voice assistant is billed as “an intelligent interface to help get things done faster and easier,” but in our own tests we found that Bixby struggles with basic commands, and concluded that it’s easier to just use the touchscreen.

Bixby is available in US English and Korean, and Samsung claims the voice assistant learns over time, improving its function as it recognizes your way of speaking. “The expansion of Bixby’s voice capabilities is an initial step in the continued rollout of Bixby functionality,” said Injong Rhee, executive vice president at Samsung Electronics in a press statement. “In the future, Bixby will have the learning power to offer more intelligent and personalized interactions and seamless connections across more devices.”

Samsung says Bixby will be made available in more countries, languages, devices, and third-party applications over time. Galaxy S8 and S8+ users can access Bixby by pressing the dedicated Bixby button on those phones, or by saying “Hi, Bixby.” The roll-out comes in a big week for Samsung, with the Galaxy Note 8 set to be officially unveiled tomorrow in New York City.

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And it still can’t be disabled without rooting…

Package Disabler Pro claimed to do it. I don’t know if that’s still the case though, they seem to be now in a cat and mouse game with Samsung, one trying to outdo the other update after update.

Why would you want to? It’s a neat feature of the phone.

"Neat" is a good word, as over time it’s gone from "cool and exciting" to a polite way of saying somewhat unique but ultimately kind of boring and useless.

Which is exactly what Bixby is. It’s neatness is entirely overwhelmed by how annoying it is to grab the phone and accidentally hit the button. I do that maybe once a week? The 3 seconds I lose when I do that, once a week, absolutely outweighs any value the app offers. So yes, to me, and I’d wager to anyone that would be able to remap the button, it’s value is worth significantly less than 3 seconds per week.

Someone really needs to be fired for what Bixby is and how little they trust their own consumers.

"Thing no-one wants available everywhere". Whoop.

I just want to replace it with Cortana so that I can sync notifications and reminders while having tighter system integration like I had on Windows 10 Mobile. I know it’s a pipe dream though.

I’m getting a Galaxy S8 and I’ll probabaly enjoy it. I use Siri all the time on my iPhone SE.

Are you saying that because Siri is also terrible?

I really like the Galaxy S8+, but by far the worst decision Samsung’s made in years is the stupid Bixby button.

It seems impossible to remove the phone from your pocket without it activating – and it entirely ignores your lock screen to do so. All so that it can sell you some terrible themes and send you to versions of news sources that they likely inject ads into.

I’m super looking forward to it now talking to me whenever this appendix of a button is accidentally touched.

The sad thing is, it’s basically impossible for Samsung to shy away from the ‘smart assistant’ market because it’s unquestionably where everyone else is going. Which means this stupid button is going to be on every Samsung device from now until bankruptcy.

That’s more countries than Alexa! Come on Amazon, step up your game.

It runs on a handful of devices. It’s not even available on older versions of the same line.

Hard to see why anyone will support it.

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