Samsung really, really wants you to use Bixby on the Galaxy S8

In this Friday, March 24, 2017, photo, a Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile phone is shown partially submerged to demonstrate its water resistance, in NY. Samsung uses deep red OLEDs to balance the sub pixel colours evenly. Early consumers, who received the device on Monday have reported a red tint in the smartphone's display, the Korea Herald said Tuesday.

That's the word from XDA Developers, a developer-focused site, which was tipped off to the updated Galaxy S8 software by a developer working to update his app to support remapping the button on Samsung's newly unveiled phone.

The Galaxy S8 voice assistant-which won't even be available on the day of the phone's launch thanks to unspecified delays-allows customers to speak to their phone and ask it to do things like arrange rides or set up calendar invites. They come with a radical bezel-less design with an "Infinity display" that covers nearly the entire front panel of the device. However it seems that some of these users are reporting some issues with the phone's display, namely how it appears to sport a reddish tint.

Samsung issued a reply saying that the reddish tint is not a quality problem and that customers can simply change the color configuration from Settings. At the same time, the prototypes showed no rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, lending credence to the claim that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S8 with in-display fingerprint authentication. Those of you who think they can simply reassign the button to something else - say, launch Google Assistant - should know that Samsung is officially blocking that capability. Samsung needs to enhance the capabilities of its AI assistant if it wants to catch up with rivals. Samsung already confirmed that the Bixby button can't be used with any other features.

Samsung revealed a few days ago that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are proving to be way more popular than last year's Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Though the two smartphones will be up for pre-orders at 12 noon on April 19, 2017.

  • Patricia Jimenez