During the presentation of the Galaxy S8, Samsung introduced its new intelligent personal assistant called Bixby. Bixby a project born from the developers of Siri, who left Apple to work on a new assistant with advanced features. The project was purchased by Samsung about two years ago and has now become Bixby. The assistant can only be used on the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but thanks to some developers, you can install Bixby on Samsung Galaxy S7, even if partially, only with some functions.
At the moment you won't get the full Bixby experience. All you can use Bixby Home, a function that is very similar to Google Now cards. By accessing Bixby on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge you will be able to view all your most relevant cards, but you will not be able to instruct Bixby's artificial intelligence and do some operations with it.
Install Bixby on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Waiting for Samsung to officially bring Bixby to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, below I will explain the few and simple steps to manually install the assistant on your smartphone.
- Download the Galaxy S8 launcher on your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. At the end of the download, start the installation by clicking on the notification that the download has been completed. If the installation doesn't start, then you need to enable the installation from unknown sources by going to Settings -> Safety.
- Now download the Bixby assistant on your smartphone and install it as done previously with the launcher.
- At the end of the installation of the two packages, hold down the Home button to access the launcher settings.
- Enable Bixby Home and restart your smartphone.
This is all. You will end up with the Galaxy S8 launcher installed on your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. Now moving to the left on your home screen you will activate the Bixby assistant.
We are not yet aware if Samsung will bring Bixby's functionality to old devices such as Galaxy S7, S6 and Galaxy Note. In the meantime, you can start trying its potential through this port, in the hope that the developers will be able to unlock all the advanced features of this assistant. Being a first port, you may encounter some crashes while using it. If this should be your case, then I advise you to uninstall the two previously downloaded packages and return to the official launcher of your smartphone.