Samsung is preparing to stop the work of its digital assistant Bixby in phones and devices running earlier versions of Android Pie.
Starting on January 1, 2020, users of Samsung phones running on previous platforms from the Android platform will no longer have the Bixby digital assistant feature, as the voice assistant will stop working early next year.
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This new change in the Bixby Digital Assistant shutdown will be applied to the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, S8 Active, and Note8 as well as the 2018 A9 phone, which runs so far on Android 7.x Nougat or Android 8.x Oreo.
Therefore, the feature of Bixby Digital Assistant will stop for users of these devices running previous versions of Android from Nougat and Oreo, but users of these versions can update to Android 9 Pie to support the continuation of the work of Bixby Digital Assistant, which will already provide the update for these versions.
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Users of these phones are also scheduled to receive the Bixby 2.0 version of Samsung’s Digital Assistant, which features better audio performance and compatibility with the user interface, as well as better local language performance, which supports the digital assistant in improving response and better user support.