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Samsung’s Bixby Name Confirmed, 3D Touch-like Feature Reported to be Included

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More details regarding the upcoming Galaxy S8 from Samsung have hit the web this morning, partially from the company’s own website. 

According to a privacy page linked to on Samsung Italy’s website, the name of Samsung’s AI digital assistant is indeed Bixby (which has been reported before), with system-wide integration built-in. As stated directly on the webpage, “In addition, you can control all operations with the touch interface using voice commands with Bixby.” So, with that being said, Bixby is more than for just quick web searches — it’s a system-wide assistant made to help with pretty much any task tied to the phone.

On top of the Bixby development, South Korea’s The Investor outlet has posted a new report, claiming a 3D Touch-like feature will be partially showcased on the Galaxy S8. To sum this up, think of the long press action you can perform on iPhone and Pixel devices to open shortcuts within an app. On the Galaxy S8, at least from what this report states, users can long press on the on-screen home button to open shortcuts to phone settings and more.

Here is an excerpt from The Investor’s report.

Samsung’s new flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 is expected to partly use the 3-D Touch technology for its “virtual home button” on the bottom of the display screen that allows users to open up menus and navigate the phone, while the fingerprint-scanning home button will be relocated to the back.

So, the first question I have is, what about Google Assistant? Typically, a long press on the home button is how you would access Google’s digital assistant, a feature now showcased on many Android devices. Will Samsung allow for programming between these different features, simply not offer Google Assistant because of Bixby, or will they incorporate another solution? Unfortunately, we have more questions than answers at this time.

March 29 is quickly approaching, thank goodness.

Via: SamMobile | The Investor | Samsung Italy
  • xzero425x

    I hope it’s possible to disable it if it doesn’t work well as Google assistant

  • HeatFan786

    The Force Touch sounds nice and all, but my old Nexus 5X’s 7.1.1 shortcut menu sufficed enough for me. I used 3D Touch on an old iPhone from time to time, but it wasn’t earth shattering.

    • Ismail Akram

      nowadays its hard to find any earth shattering thing. Tell me one single thing from S8 rumors which is earth shattering thing.
      S8 main features looks like that display, which seems like getting norm in 2017 which great screen to body ratio.
      BTW 3D touch on iPhone is way more useful IMO than on my Pixel. helps me find things and navigate places quickly.

      • Colin

        I find 3d touch on an iPhone pretty limited I could already do most of the things 3D touch does in another way. It added weight to an already heavy phone too. I would prefer fast and wireless charging and a smaller lighter form factor over 3 D touch any day.

        • Ismail Akram

          Not sure how you do things like calling someone from contact quickly as 3D touch let me or how you go to YouTube subscription that quickly or even open camera in selfie mode or in video mode. Things you do in 3-4 steps can be done in one or 2. As far as I can tell 90 people don’t know 3D touch exists and it’s mostly for techies. I like it but everyone has its own opinion. I guess you will eventually get wireless charging in next iteration of iPhone. But I want AMOLED which seems like I will get in next iteration of iPhone. IMO wireless charging, AMOLED display will make iPhone perfect. Unless you are one of those who complaints about iTunes and closeness of file system access. BTW I like display on iPhone better when I am reading but when I am consuming multimedia then I prefer AMOLED on my Pixel XL.

          • Colin

            Simple save a contact to your lock or home screen, assign ur choice of action required from a tap or double tap. I use double tap to dial single to bring up options ( again customisable). Once done double tap and you are dialling it’s fast and easy. For my main contact who I ring and WhatsApp regularly I use two icons in for ringing on for messaging.

          • Ismail Akram

            Great option to clutter your home screen. Still when I have to call to non favorite it’s easy with 3D touch else iPhone phone apps sucks. No auto completion on dialer. When I first used iPhone my main complaint was it’s dialer and charging and also battery but iPhone 7 plus solved most of stuff with great battery and that bad phone app is remedy by 3D touch. It’s so easy to call someone on Android be it favorite or not.

          • Colin

            How can placing one or two icons clutter your home screen or lock screen? An iPhone is one cluttered and disorganised home screen then, as there is nowhere to put your apps except in a folder and this requires yet another action to open. These are the fastest ways i know of phoning a favourite on an iPhone. You raise your iPhone to wake up the screen, swipe right to see the Today view, swipe to Favorites widget and tap the person’s face to call or message the contact. That is 4 actions minimal and you may have to scroll down to find the contact and you cannot WhatsApp or use any other messaging app other than Apples. Slow and limiting.

            With 3d touch you need to unlock your phone, find the phone app, use 3d touch then only if the contact is u require is visible can you call then. Messaging again is longer and less flexible.

            For me one action only, it’s so much easier to use and set up too especially for the widgit solution.

          • Ismail Akram

            I have iPhone 7+ and never felt like I have to unlock it 😋 when I pick phone I put my finger on fingerprint sensor and phone is unlocked. I never had to search phone app it’s bottom left as on any Android phone. I just have to 3D touch and click and boom you are done. And your way is really long. And it just suits for people you dial often but with 3D in single gesture my keyboard is waiting for to search. It’s not same as on HTC or actually any Android phone. HTC is fastest in making calls. I am using iPhone for 4 month so I am not really iPhone user from past. But I have used way more phones and I am impressed with 3D touch. It’s not life changing but for me it on most steps makes me cut steps which otherwise took bit longer. I had HTC phone and when I run some USSD code best part was when I have to input keyboard already waiting for me. That is small thing but for me it really huge. Anyways 3D is not easy stuff you have to train yours else you wouldn’t know it even existed. It took me a while but it worth it IMO

          • Ismail Akram

            Oh just did something and I didn’t know I do this as well. I just 3D touch Safar to open new tab and what keyboard waiting for me to type haha it’s really small things for some it might be stupid but it saves taps and I love it

      • HeatFan786

        I wouldn’t hold my breath, but if Bixby outdoes the Google Assistant somehow, we’re in for a good phone AI battle. Samsung always has the best displays, so that’s the closest “earth shattering feature” they could have. But best in class getting better doesn’t do much now.

  • J. Craig

    I do not care about screen unlocking. I wonder if it’s about the house.I want to know about the camera, almost nothing was said about it, despite the intense leaks.

  • Me

    Bixby = Siri. Only a matter of time. Sammy should of bought Web OS

  • cjohn4043

    Wasn’t Bixby developed by the same people who created Siri? Siri was bought out by Apple and incorporated into their products. The creators didn’t like the direction Siri was headed, they thought it was going too slow. They left Apple and created Bixby, which is suppose to be a LOT better than what Siri currently is. Samsung saw the product and bought it from them in order to incorporate it into their own devices.

    • Murphy’s Magnet

      So a search for Viv labs on YouTube. Pretty impressive stuff.

  • DanSan

    so whats that random physical button for on the left side of the phone? please dont be for this stupid voice thing..

    • Bourne, Jason C.

      Rumors are that that’s exactly what it’s for..

    • Indianajonze

      i’m sure you could remap it to be for a stupid physical camera button if you wanted

  • The Doctor

    Terrible name for an AI.

    • Siri, Cortoana, Alexa (well Alexa is kinda cool) all are terrible names…So who is Samsung to mess with tradition.

    • Rod

      As if, anyone will use it. Lol

      • Murphy’s Magnet

        If it is anything like what it is reported to be then I think a lot of people will. It could all depends on how well it is marketed too.

  • needa

    Nice feature additions Sammy. BTW if you want to send me one of those new ‘art’ TVs to review, I have the perfect spot for it.

  • Mark Schleupner

    Why do I get the feeling that if I start being verbally abusive when Bixby doesn’t do what I want it to do, it will say, “Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry…” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e01d9295199da33991c89130248a5e0d7da0e3246c344bff9e7a51f29dfe19e5.jpg

    • Jonathan Williams

      You win!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Since Assistant is pushed through Play Services how can they avoid it? They may not promote it, but I can’t see how they can block it. I’m almost certain this is the reason Google started pushing the Assistant update, to premept Bixby. Samsung as enough power to nullify Assistant with it’s own advertising.

    • New_Guy

      Yeah, both Google Now and Google Assistant already have the ability to override S -Voice (especially once S-Voice is disabled). I really couldn’t see why that tradition couldn’t continue (if you wanted to disable Bixby, of course).

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    • Murphy’s Magnet

      Advertising could play a huge roll in the “assistant wars”. Samsung and Apple are kings of marketing and really showing off the features of Bixby could really be the thing that sells it. On the other hand, having both on the phone and disabling the one you don’t want to use will be great for the geeks.

    • Miguel

      And most likely there’s a way to disable the new AI with package disable unless they tight the Bixby to other apps functions causing them to malfunction if disabled.

    • Rod

      You can disable Assistant whitin the Google app.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Yea the end user can do that. but I meant Samsung themselves.

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  • disastrousrainbow

    Wish the whole screen had 3D touch capabilities. I weirdly came to like using that on the iPhone.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s pretty cool on the iPhone to be honest. I like it.

    • Miguel

      Install Nova and it’ll do the same thing by long pressing on the icon app on the screens.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        It’s not system wide like the iPhone where you can even long press in the notification tray. Android version is fine it’s just not as robust

        • disastrousrainbow

          Not to mention the varying degrees of sensitivity for different actions is also more robust than what Nova and Android can replicate.

        • Miguel

          I know but just in case, I wondering how many people actually know it’s there and use it, just like the live photo, you can’t ever share it with anyone outside iOS compared to Sammy’s which you can share as video or picture with anyone though anywhere.

      • disastrousrainbow

        There’s more to it than just long pressing on an icon though. The feel the screen makes, not to mention how the varying degrees of pressure can bring about different actions, is what I enjoyed using. Not just the simple act of holding down on an icon for simple shortcuts.

  • #Note5 IsBoss

    hahahaha cant come up with your own ideas?? COPY EVERYONE ELSE!! Samsung might as well join HTC in their venture to stupidity.

    • Murphy’s Magnet

      Congratulations! You have won the dumbest comment award!

      Obviously no other manufacturer has ever copied another’s ideas. Apple never copied anything from Samsung or Google. Google certainly never copied anything from Samsung or Apple.

      • #Note5 IsBoss

        false. HTC copies everyone. SAmsung copies everyone.

        • Mark2134

          Why is your screen name #Note5 IsBoss?

          • #Note5 IsBoss

            if u need ask, u are stupid

        • Murphy’s Magnet

          Well, how can I dispute all those well assembled fact?

          Troll on.

          • #Note5 IsBoss

            oh, do they innovate to you?? or did HTC steal the 2nd screen from LG and samsung with the back of their phones? did samsung innovate with the assistant-rip-off-bixby horseshit?? blahaha u are a tool if you think these two companies do anything out of their own volition.

          • #Note5 IsBoss

            keep on editing your comment. and i’ll quit reading.

    • Mctypething

      you mad bro?

    • The Doctor

      Obvious troll be trolling.

      • #Note5 IsBoss

        great english dork

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