Samsung announced the Bixby assistant in 2017 along with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. However, the voice feature was made available a few months later, with the launch of the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung also introduced Bixby Level and Experience Points to offer rewards every time you use the Bixby voice assistant. Sadly, Samsung will soon pull the plug over this feature on August 10, and you will no longer get rewards for using Bixby.
Until now, the feature rewarded users for learning how to use Bixby and playing around with it. The rewards were also giving to teach Bixby when the voice recognition and translation failed. Using the rewards, users can unlock new background colors, or use them for Samsung Pay points to cash in discounts.
Samsung mentioned that the background colors will still be available for users, and might be made available for everyone. However, the messaging is not clear, so we will have to wait and see.
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Earning points was super easy, and you’d get them for using Bixby commands. Some people also used to give complicated commands, just to teach Bixby and rake points to later redeem for cash. Samsung seems to have realized that, and it looks like the company no longer needs to incentivize people to use the assistant.
Samsung is also expected to launch the Bixby 2.0 along with the Galaxy Note 9. The upgraded version that comes as a part of the Galaxy S9-series is capable of real-time translations, and is more refined. Bixby 2.0 will bring support for third-party apps, and IoT devices. This means, users will be able to turn on the lights, fans, AC, TV and other devices with voice commands. We will get to know more when Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy Note 9, and the launch event is set for August 9 in New York.