Samsung’s Bixby is a virtual assistant similar to Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. And while parts of Bixby are on the phone today, the voice controls and best aspects of Samsung’s assistant are missing.
Currently, the Bixby early access page says that “new voice features are coming” and that you’ll be able to test these feature on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ first. Since the phone launched in April we’ve been waiting for Bixby voice, and it’s almost ready for primetime.
How to use Bixby Voice on Samsung Galaxy S8
All Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ owners need to do is head to the Bixby beta page and sign up for the beta. This is opened again in July for even more users. However, you’ll need a Samsung account, which most should have to use their phone to its full potential. Here’s how to make sure you’re on the list.
- Head to the Bixby Voice Early Access website
- Scroll down and agree to terms for early access
- Create a Samsung Account at Settings > Accounts > Accounts > Add Account > Create Account
- Enter your Samsung Account email address
- Click the big purple Sign Up button
There will be a limited amount of space for users in the program according to Samsung, and only a select number of users will get to participate. There is no charge to use Bixby Voice, you’re simply getting access to new features ahead of everyone else. Look for an email with links for access and updates to the app.
Additionally, users are reporting that Bixby Voice just suddenly appeared on their device. Open the app tray, find the Samsung Galaxy App store, and check for updates. Then, try the new Bixby Assistant. If you didn’t get access to the first beta, sign up again and you should get it.
For those curious, Bixby voice sounded extremely promising during the announcement. The assistant can send texts, change your settings or make a call by simply holding down the Bixby button and speaking to the Galaxy S8. Then, Bixby will get better over time as it learns and adapts to each user. Samsung claims you can speak naturally knowing that Bixby will better understand nearly everything you say.
That being said, multiple reports suggest Bixby Voice is struggling to do exactly that, understand users and what they want. The Wall Street Journal went on to say the assistant missed the May release window, and now the company is aiming for late July. Part of this early access beta is to get Bixby Voice in the hands of more users, which will allow Samsung to test its product faster and prepare for a global release.
So, if you’d like to help improve the Galaxy S8 and get some neat new features early, follow our instructions above. Considering this early access program is open again and news claims the launch is delayed, don’t expect it officially until late July or even August.