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Samsung may kill its voice assistant service “Bixby”

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The South Korean tech conglomerate Samsung introduced its voice assistant service “Bixby” with the Galaxy S8 device back in the year 2017. After its launch, they even emerged a specific Bixby voice wake-up button on their Galaxy smartphone hardware. Not only that, but Samsung also provided various services and features with Bixby support, such as Bixby Routines and Bixby Vision. However, now it seems that the manufacturer intends to kill it.

Bixby is Samsung’s own voice assistant, just like Siri and Alexa. But it has been seen that Bixby is comparingly slow then Google’s Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple’s Siri. Not just that, but Bixby was also found to be inaccurate and quite out-of-use for Galaxy phones which can be attributed as the reason for its future demise. By looking at the series of recent and older steps of Samsung, it seems that they are slowly cutting it down and even planning to eradicate it.

According to IT Home, Samsung has recently removed traces of Bixby from its various services and features. For example, its Bixby Routines, which was introduced with the Galaxy S10 device, previously required the activation of Bixby for access. But now, with One UI 5.0, they changed its name to “Modes & Routines” and forbid the requirement of Bixby to access it. Besides, even the power button personalization feature of RegiStar doesn’t contain the option for Bixby to be chosen but has Google Assistant instead.

Apart from these, the South Korean firm also removed the dedicated Bixby button from its Galaxy S20 model and later devices; instead, they only chose the regular volume and power buttons. Meanwhile, users can still wake up Bixby by long pressing the power key. Not only these, but the South Korean conglomerate also stopped developing the AR Bixby Vision in 2020, and since then, it isn’t seeing any improvements. They even planned to bring Google and Amazon to its Galaxy Home smart speakers, but it didn’t launch.

Those previously mentioned scenarios are clearly indicating that Samsung is slowly removing Bixby from its services and devices, which may lead to a complete demise in the future. However, they are still providing some of its features, like they recently made Bixby Routines available in some Galaxy A series devices, and the demise of Bixby has still not been officially announced by the company.


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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Could Bring A New Camera Design

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The Korean firm ‘Samsung’ is about to launch its next-generation foldable smartphone – Galaxy Z Fold 6, which is expected to bring an updated camera design to enhance the look. 

We are not completely two months away from the Galaxy Unpacked event that is reportedly held on July 10 in Paris. Even before any official revelation regarding the specs, design, and features of Galaxy Z Fold 6,  tipsters already heated the market with leaks and rumors. Now the new report says that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 could bring a new camera design. 

A tipster on X shared an image that showcases the rear cameras of the Galaxy Z Fold 6, which is immediately apparent that this is different from any rear camera housing we have ever seen on the Galaxy Z Fold family before. This hints that this time Samsung could introduce a fresh design for the foldable’s rear camera this year. 

The image has a Samsung Galaxy AI watermark which points out that it might be made changes, however, it’s best to wait for more confirmation before trusting this particular design detail since the brand has yet to reveal any official details. 

Recently, the list of Galaxy devices, including, Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Z Flip 6, Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra, and Galaxy Ring has already been leaked which arrived at the next Galaxy Unpacked event which is supposed to be held in July 2024.

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US Galaxy Z Fold 6 Leaks on Geekbench, Hints at Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

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Samsung appears close to introducing its sixth-generation foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6, in July at the Galaxy Unpacked Event. Now the Galaxy Z Fold 6 is spotted on the Geekbench database. Let’s take a closer look at the detailed information. 

Although the Galaxy Z Flip 6 is already spotted on the Geekbench database, Now, luckily, in development, its sibling’s forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 smartphone appeared on the Geekbench 6.3.0 benchmark database with the model number SM-F956U. 

The last letter ‘U’ in the model number points to the fact that this mode refers to a variant for the US market. It scored 1,964 points in the single-core round of the test and 6,619 points in the multi-core round. The listing reveals the existence of an octa-core processor with the codename pineapple, a 1+3+2+2 core configuration, and an Adreno 750 GPU. Apart from these, one chief core is clocked at 3.40 GHz, and the remaining three performance cores are at 3.15 GHz. 

This points out that Samsung could power the forthcoming Galaxy foldable with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3processor. The Geekbench database suggests that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 will arrive with 12GB of RAM and Android 14. However, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 already appeared on the 3C certification website, which suggested support for 25W fast charging, and now it is expected that this device will also visit other certification websites soon. 

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Unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 getting May 2024 Security update in the US

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Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 devices are counted as the top smartphones that grabbed the One UI 6.1 update in the first phase. Then,  the company introduced more software updates in the form of the April 2024 security patch and is continuing it now that these devices are getting the latest May 2024 security patch as well.

The unlocked Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 are getting a May 2024 security patch

The unlocked variants of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 are getting a May 2024 security patch update with the firmware version numbers F946U1UES3CXE3 and F731U1UES3CXE3, respectively. The latest software update for both of the devices comes under 500 MB. With the latest update, the company has only focused on providing some security enhancements.

For your information, the May 2024 security patch has brought some new changes under the system software, where it has grabbed more than 50 fixes. Google has introduced 31 patches to enhance the overall performance of the devices, while Samsung has also added 25 fixes that will improve the functionalities regarding the Galaxy devices.

Moreover, the latest update for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 may also bring some new features that may enhance the overall performance and stability of the devices. So if you are having any issues while using the devices related to One UI 6.1, then the update may help you get rid of the issues.

If you are using the Galaxy Z Fold 5 or Galaxy Z Flip 5 in the US, then you should start getting a new update notification, and by tapping on that, you can easily update your device. Alternatively, you can do it manually as well by going to the software update menu in the system settings.

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