Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant gets a big redesign

Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant gets a big redesign

Although Samsung is dropping support for some of Bixby’s augmented reality features this month, the company doesn’t plan on giving up on its virtual assistant just yet. On the contrary, Samsung is now pushing an update for the voice assistant that introduces an updated icon and a complete visual refresh. The new Bixby redesign has already started rolling out to users, and it looks like a cross between the minimal Google Assistant UI that was introduced last year and Siri on iOS 14.

As you can see in the video shared by user MehdiMa0507 on Reddit, the updated Bixby interface no longer takes up the entire page. Instead, the Bixby UI now only appears in a small section at the bottom of the page with a faded background like the Google Assistant. The old Bixby icon has also been replaced with a flatter alternative that switches to a horizontal bar when the voice assistant is listening for your command.

Bixby got a new update. New icon and complete redesign. Seems definitely to respond much quicker too. (Device: Note 10+) from r/samsung

The Bixby page has also been updated with a bottom navigation bar that houses three icons — a keyboard icon to issue text-based commands, a microphone icon to issue voice commands, and a new home icon. The color scheme for the page has also been updated from different shades of blue to black/gray. The updated Bixby interface is likely part of the Bixby Voice 3.0 update, which is currently rolling out to users running both One UI 2.1 and One UI 2.5. However, the update doesn’t seem to be available for all users just yet. Sideloading the updated APK from APKMirror also doesn’t work on my Galaxy Note 20 Ultra running One UI 2.5, and it refuses to install on Mishaal’s Galaxy S20 running the One UI 3.0 beta.

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A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.