With time, people relying on digital technology and gadgets are becoming more dependent on digital assistants. Technology giants like Apple, Google, and Samsung all have their versions of such digital assistants, and these can be summoned and operated by the voice of the users. While Apple’s Siri and Google’s assistants are immensely popular, Samsung’s iteration Bixby has not gained much traction. This is a fact that Samsung cannot deny despite its attempts to pack it in some of its flagship devices. It looks like finally, the South Korean tech giant has acknowledged the lukewarm response meted out to Bixby.
In a recent move, Samsung declared Bixby would not be available in some devices running older versions of Android shortly. Interestingly, this announcement comes soon after Microsoft’s decision to discontinue Cortana is some countries. As per the updates, Samsung will no longer offer support for Bixby in its devices that are still running older iterations of Android. The Samsung devices again running on Android Oreo and nougat will not have support for Bixby shortly. The move is logical given the fact, a lot of Samsung smartphones are now running on Android Pie, and Android 10 will also be offered to a majority of these devices soon.
It is expected that devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, S8, their Plus versions, and Galaxy Note 8 will get affected by this. The only way for the users of these devices to be able to use Bixby is upgrading the OS to Android Pie. The good thing is that Samsung has made Android Pie available for these devices. The users need to update the device OS before January 1, 2020, if they want to continue using Bixby Voice. When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 9, it also rolled out Bixby version 2.0. The new Bixby version offers robust third-party app integration and enhanced language processing abilities, along with a boost in speed. So, logically, the users have no reason not to upgrade the OS.