For a time, it seemed that voice-controlled virtual assistants would be the new craze, but over time, it has practically shrunk to just two major players: Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. However, Samsung has never stopped pushing its Bixby assistant, whether its own customers like it or not. Samsung’s heavy-handed approach led to a sourness, which could have been a good product, and this strategy was once again brought to light by this new development about the old form of Bixby: Bixby Voice.
When Samsung introduced Bixby to the world, it was Bixby Voice and Bixby Home in AI-powered Assistant to Devices. This separation allowed Samsung to insert at least some form of Bixby into devices that would not normally handle advanced features such as voice-recognition. Bixby Home, in particular, was the only option for mid-range phones and tablets.
Samsung may consolidate the platform or at least the voice-centric part. It referred to the Bixby 2.0 on the Galaxy Note 9 last year, offering a smarter and more interactive virtual assistant. Samsung now wants everyone to use this 2.0 version by pulling the plug on the old Bixby Voice app.
According to SamMobile sources, Bixby Voice will stop working on supported devices that are still running on Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 8.0 Oreo. In theory, the 2017 and 2018 Galaxy S and Galaxy Note models are included as well as the Galaxy A9 2018. Fortunately, all users with a UI will need to continue using Bixby to upgrade their phones to Android 9 Pie.
The good thing is that such updates are available for these phones, although this is not sure for Samsung if all models around the world already have the update. What is of little concern is when Samsung decided to limit Bixby to only the latest Android and One UI versions in the future, but fails to roll out that update to a year-old phone at the same time.