Samsung will end the support of Bixby Voice on Galaxy devices that still run Android Oreo or Nougat. As of January 1, 2020, users who are still on older versions of the OS will lose access to the voice assistant.
Bixby was born in 2017 on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and has since been available on most of Samsung’s recent smartphones. Despite the mixed reactions, the manufacturer has been improving its vocal assistant in recent years. Bixby 2.0 has been introduced with the Galaxy Note 9 under Android 9.0 Pie. With a new interface, better responsiveness and many additional features. Now, according to the SamMobile website, Samsung is about to end the support of the voice assistant on older versions of Android, in this case, Android 8 Oreo and 7 Nougat.
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The Galaxy S8/S8+ and S8 Active, Galaxy S9/S9+, Note 8 and A9 2018 will be the only models affected. By the discontinuation of support and operation of Bixby. This means that to continue to have access to the voice assistant, users will have to upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie with One UI. The update is already available on all models concerned. Apparently, the decision to block the assistant on older versions of the OS is to push users to update to the most recent version of the operating system. And in this case the adoption of Bixby 2.0.
Bixby remains a priority for Samsung, which wants users to enjoy the best experience possible. Despite its efforts, the assistant is still far from competing with Google Assistant on Android smartphones. Many users nevertheless choose to disable or reprogram the Bixby button. Although Samsung prohibits replacing the function by calling a competing Voice assistant.