Bixby Already Works On Most Samsung Phones With Nougat

Bixby, Samsung's new artificial intelligence (AI) assistant already works on most of the company's smartphones running Nougat, users at XDA Developers Forums are claiming. While Bixby is officially only supported by the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus for the time being, one user found a workaround that allows the voice-enabled companion to run on most Galaxy devices equipped with a stable build of Android 7.0 Nougat. In order to get Bixby to run on your older Samsung device, you first have to install the Galaxy S8 launcher and Bixby APK, long-press the Home button to open the launcher's settings, go to "Hello Bixby settings," and activate the companion. Following that course of action, you just need to reboot your device and Bixby should be available by swiping left on your Home screen.

Follow the source link below for a more detailed guide of how to get Bixby to work on your Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, or any other Samsung-made device running Android Nougat. Note that users at XDA Developers Forums are reporting the method outlined above works with varying degrees of success; some are claiming they can access Bixby without any issues following a reboot, while others say the companion either doesn't appear or instantly crashes after being launched. Regardless, the fact that Bixby technically works on devices that are significantly older than the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus isn't particularly surprising seeing how Samsung's new AI assistant wasn't just meant to be a selling point of its latest flagship duo, but is also supposed to mark the company's first serious foray into AI.

Samsung's latest financial report revealed the Seoul-based tech giant is looking to build an entire ecosystem around Bixby, specifically stating the digital assistant will eventually be making its way to more smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Bixby will officially debut on the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus that are slated to hit the market on April 21, though the assistant will only understand American English and Korean at launch. Samsung promised to update Bixby with support for British English and more languages in the coming months, but the company has yet to provide more details on the matter.

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