Samsung phones with Bixby are those on the S and Note series. The first Galaxy phones that were launched with Bixby were the galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
Most people reading this, already know what Bixby is but there is also a possibility that there are some that aren’t familiar with it. So, I will briefly explain it in simple terms.
Bixby is virtual assistance like Google assistance, Siri, and Alexa. Bixby is, however, on the same level as the aforementioned trio; it is not as smart as them.
Samsung’s first implementation was in 2017 with Samsung s8 and s8+. Since they have introduced and discarded different features from Bixby.
Earlier galaxy phones with this feature also come with a dedicated Bixby button but since the launch of Note 10 in 2019, the button has been removed and you can activate it using an on-screen button at the bottom of the display.
With the launch of S21, even the on-screen Bixby button wasn’t the default and one of the fastest ways to trigger the virtual assistant is by pressing and holding the power button for a couple of seconds. This tradition continues with the Samsung S22 family announced in 2022.
The Bixby button isn’t the only physical button Samsung has removed from their phone. It is hard to see a Samsung phone with a home button these days. It has to go to give room for a better and more modern design.
Samsung Phones with Bixby
- Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus – With Dedicated Button
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – With Dedicated Button
- Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus – With Dedicated Button
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – With Dedicated Button
- Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10 5G, S10e, and S10 Lite – With Dedicated Button
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus – Without Dedicated Button
- Samsung Z Fold 2 5G – Without Dedicated Button
- Samsung Fold 5G – Without Dedicated Button
- Samsung Fold – Without Dedicated Button
- Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 FE, and S20 Ultra – Without Dedicated Button
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra – Without Dedicated Button
- Samsung Z Fold 3 5G – Without Dedicated Button
- Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra – Without Dedicated Button
- Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra – Without Dedicated Button
- Samsung Z Fold 4 – Without Dedicated Button
I don’t think there is anything special about Samsung phones with Bixby. I think they hurt themselves by making it a feature of their flagships only. Extending it to the mid-range or even entry-level will give them more data on how to improve it and make it more talked about thereby popular.
Also, the phones with this virtual assistance come with Google assistance, which is miles better and smarter, I don’t see why anyone will use Bixby over it.
For some time now, Samsung has been trying not to put their virtual assistance to our faces. From the removal of the dedicated button to the removal of the on-screen activation.
I think in the next couple of years, they would have fully made Google assistance the default virtual assistance.