Bixby (software)

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Bixby information screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Original author(s)Samsung Electronics
Developer(s)Samsung Electronics
Initial release21 April 2017; 4 years ago (2017-04-21)
Stable release(s) [±]
Bixby Voice3.1.12.14 / April 27, 2021; 7 months ago (2021-04-27)[1]
Bixby Global Action1.0.12.0 / August 10, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-08-10)[2]
Bixby Home3.0.10.11 / October 28, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-10-28)[3]
Bixby service2.2.41.8 / October 28, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-10-28)[4]
Bixby Vision3.7.33.24 / April 29, 2021; 6 months ago (2021-04-29)[5]
Bixby voice input1.0.04.0 / August 22, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-08-22)[6]
Bixby voice wake-up2.1.21.16 / April 28, 2021; 6 months ago (2021-04-28)[7]
Operating systemAndroid (7.0 "Nougat" and later)
PredecessorS Voice
Available inUS English, British English, Indian English, French, Korean, Chinese (China), German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (Brazilian Portuguese)
TypeIntelligent personal assistant

Bixby is a virtual assistant developed by Samsung Electronics.[8] It represents a major reboot for S Voice, Samsung's voice assistant app introduced in 2012 with the Galaxy S III.[9][10] S Voice was later discontinued on 1 June 2020.[11] In May 2017, Samsung announced that Bixby would be coming to its line of Family Hub 2.0 refrigerators, making it the first non-mobile product to include the virtual assistant.[12]


On 20 March 2017, Samsung announced the voice-powered digital assistant named "Bixby."[13] Bixby was introduced alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event, which was held on 29 March 2017.[14][15] Samsung officially unveiled Bixby a week before launch but it only made its first appearance during the event.[16] Bixby can also be sideloaded on older Galaxy devices running Android Nougat.[17]

In October 2017, Samsung announced the release of Bixby 2.0 during its annual developer conference in San Francisco. The then-new version was rolled out across the company’s line of connected products, including smartphones, TVs and refrigerators. Also, third parties are allowed to develop applications for Bixby using the Samsung Developer Kit.[18]

In June 2021, screenshots surfaced for a replacement to Bixby. The three-dimensional virtual assistant, Sam, was popular on social media though it was unclear whether Samsung devices would include full voice and virtual assistance.[19][20]


Bixby comes with five parts, known as "Bixby Voice," "Bixby Vision", "Bixby Home" (which has been recently replaced with "Samsung Free" in the latest One UI software update), "Bixby Routines"[21] and "Bixby Touch" which Samsung has recently started developing.

"Bixby Voice" is the name for the method of activating Bixby by calling it or doing a long press of the Bixby Button, located below the volume rocker. A while before the phone's release, the Bixby Button was reprogrammable and could be set to open other applications or assistants, such as Google Assistant. However, near the phone's release this ability was removed with a firmware update, but can be remapped using third-party apps.[22] "Bixby Vision" is an augmented reality camera that can identify objects in real-time and potentially offer the user to purchase them online, translate text, read QR codes, and recognize landmarks.[23] "Bixby Home" is a vertically scrolling list of information that Bixby can interact with,[clarification needed] for example weather, fitness activity and buttons for controlling their smart home gadgets.[23] "Bixby Touch" makes recommendations based on intelligent recognition. You can easily access services such as translation, online shopping, and media by touching the screen. This app is still in its development period and hasn't been publicly released yet. Of course, its APK has been publicly leaked and can be installed and used with some workaround.

At the beginning Bixby supported three languages: English, Korean and Chinese. It also supports contextual search and visual search.[24]

Language and country availability[edit]

Samsung reported that Bixby would not be operational on the US version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ when the devices were first shipped to customers on 21 April 2017. Samsung stated that the key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, would be available with the global launch of the smartphones. Bixby Voice was intended to be made available in the US on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ later that spring.[25] However, the release of the English version was postponed as Samsung had problems getting Bixby to fully understand the language.[26]

As of April 2018, Bixby is available in over 195 countries, but only in Korean, English (US only), and Chinese (Mandarin). The Chinese version of Bixby is only available on devices officially sold in Mainland China.[27] Bixby Korean was launched on 1 May 2017 (KST).[28]

As of December 2018, Samsung has deployed Bixby's voice command function in French.[29][30]

On 20 February 2019, Samsung announced the addition of further languages: English (British), German, Italian and Spanish (Spain).[31]

On 22 February 2020, Samsung announced the addition of Portuguese (Brazil), for Galaxy S10 & Note10, in Beta, and later for other models.[citation needed]

Compatible devices[edit]

Flagship smartphones and tablets[edit]

Galaxy S[edit]

Galaxy Tab S[edit]

Galaxy Note[edit]

Galaxy Fold / Z[edit]

Mid-range smartphones and tablets[edit]

Galaxy A[edit]

Galaxy Tab A[edit]

Galaxy J[edit]

  • Samsung Galaxy J4 (2018) (Bixby Home)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7+ (2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018)
  • Samsung Galaxy J6+ (2018)

Galaxy C[edit]

  • Samsung Galaxy C8 (Bixby Home, Reminder and Bixby Vision only)

Smart speakers[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bixby Global Action APKs - APKMirror". APKMirror. Android Police. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Bixby Home APKs". APKMirror. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Bixby Service APKs". APKMirror. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Bixby Vision APKs". APKMirror. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Bixby voice input APKs - APKMirror". APKMirror. Android Police. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  7. ^ ""Bixby" voice wake-up APKs". APKMirror. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Bixby". Samsung. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  9. ^ Scott Adam Gordon (10 February 2017). "Galaxy S8's Bixby assistant to be based on S-Voice, not Viv Labs tech". Android Authority. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  10. ^ Vincent, James (10 February 2017). "So, what is Samsung's Bixby AI assistant really made of?". The Verge. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Hi Galaxy, Samsung S Voice to be discontinued on June 1".
  12. ^ Carman, Ashley (15 May 2017). "Samsung's Bixby assistant is coming to smart fridges". The Verge. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Bixby : A New Way to Interact with Your Phone". SAMSUNG Newsroom. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  14. ^ Pham, Sherisse (21 March 2017). "Samsung's new AI assistant will take on Siri and Alexa". CNNMoney. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  15. ^ Baig, Edward (20 March 2017). "Samsung promises its Galaxy S8 Bixby assistant will be 'fundamentally different'". USA Today. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Everything Samsung announced at its Unpacked 2017 launch event". VentureBeat. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  17. ^ Schoon, Ben (3 April 2017). "Here's how to install Bixby and the Galaxy S8's new launcher on other Samsung devices". 9to5Google. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  18. ^ Heater, Brian. "Bixby 2.0 takes center stage at Samsung's Developer Conference". TechCrunch. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  19. ^ Peters, Megan (1 June 2021). "Samsung's Alleged Anime Assistant Is Taking Over the Internet". CB. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  20. ^ Finn, John (1 June 2021). "Samsung's Sam: Is The Virtual Mobile Assistant Real?". Screen Rant. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  21. ^ Dolcourt, Jessica (29 March 2017). "Samsung Galaxy S8's Bixby assistant needs to grow up fast". CNET. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  22. ^ Karner, Jen (29 March 2017). "What is Bixby and is it like Google Assistant?". Android Central. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  23. ^ a b Bohn, Dieter (29 March 2017). "Three things we know Samsung's new assistant can do on the Galaxy S8". The Verge. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Bixby : Samsung Virtual Assistant [ Full Guide ]". TTGADGET - Tips and Tutorials for Gadget. 23 March 2017. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  25. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S8 hits launch snag with Bixby voice assistant". CNET. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  26. ^ Whitwam, Ryan (31 May 2017). "WSJ: Samsung's English-language Bixby rollout delayed because English is hard". Android Police. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  27. ^ Kharpal, Arjun (22 August 2017). "Samsung Bixby expands to over 200 countries in battle with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri". CNBC. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  28. ^ Mu-Hyun, Cho (1 May 2017). "Samsung launches Galaxy S8 Bixby voice command in Korea". ZDNet. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  29. ^ "Et la lumière fut : Bixby prend enfin en charge la langue française… en version bêta". 25 February 2019.
  30. ^ "Bixby est disponible en français sur le Galaxy Note 9, enfin !". 25 February 2019.
  31. ^ "Samsung Extends Global Reach of Bixby, Launches Support for New European Languages". Samsung US Newsroom. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  32. ^ Rutnik, Mitja (12 July 2017). "The Galaxy A7 (2017) features Bixby in South Korea". Android Authority. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
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  34. ^ Ingraham, Nathan (9 August 2018). "Does Samsung's Galaxy Home stand a chance?". Engadget. Oath Inc. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
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