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Bixby unofficially available for older Samsung handsets

Samsung Bixby app official logo, Bixby unofficially available for older Samsung smartphones
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Although it made its debut exclusively for the Galaxy S8 family, the Bixby virtual assistant has just been spotted running on a Galaxy S7 so it seems it can run without problems on older Samsung handsets as well, although this has not been confirmed officially yet.

Samsung's Bixby virtual assistant feature made its debut as previously rumored, being a Galaxy S8-exclusive feature. While that is the official story, it looks like this app driven by an artificial intelligence engine works fine on older Samsung handsets as well.

Although it might seem like an April Fool's hoax, many XDA Developers members confirmed that Bixby runs on Galaxy S7 handsets. The official XDA Developers forum post reads the following: "This APK can be installed on any Samsung device running official Android Nougat, as I can confirm on my AT&T Samsung Galaxy S7. In order to make this APK work, you will first need to install the latest version of TouchWiz Launcher pulled from the S8, then go to TouchWiz Launcher’s settings to enable Bixby."

After completing the steps above, the user simply needs to reboot the handset and then swiping to the left should bring up the Bixby virtual assistant. Samsung did not comment anything on this matter yet, but we would not be surprised to see Bixby becoming available via the Google Play store soon.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-04- 3 (Update: 2017-04- 3)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.