Samsung released its Bixby app back in 2017 with the Galaxy S8. The app could edit photos, send messages, and compose emails on voice command. Anything you can do on your phone via touch can be done with Bixby. It can also control some Internet of Things devices including smart fridges, TVs, and dozens of other Samsung devices. The assistant, particularly the Bixby voice functionality has been expanded to many other devices. The Bixby voice responds to voice commands.
A few mid-range smartphones only have the Bixby home. With Galaxy Note 9 the app received a significant update with the Galaxy Note 9 as well. It appears Samsung now wants users to only experience the most recent iteration of its virtual assistant. According to an IT magazine sammobile, Samsung has decided to end its support for Bixby voice support for the devices running the Android operating system less than version 9. The devices in question include the Galaxy S9 and S9+, Galaxy S8, S8+, S8 Active, Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy A9 2018. If you own any of these devices, you won’t be able to use Bixby Voice and Bixby Briefing, which provides a summary of your day. This change won’t impact the owners of Galaxy Note 9 owners who have yet to update from android 8.1.
This doesn’t mean that owners of these devices are going to lose their access to Bixby. If you want to continue using the app, you need to switch to the latest Android or Android 9.0 Pie at least. All of these devices are eligible for the Pie upgrade. This change won’t cause any inconvenience as most of the users have already switched to the latest OS by now or Pie at least. Those who haven’t updated shouldn’t waste any more time in doing so.