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Bixby comes to Samsung’s midrange Galaxy A series

by Killian Bell | July 12, 2017July 12, 2017 5:04 am PST

Bixby is no longer exclusive to Samsung’s high-end Galaxy S8 series. The South Korean company just launched the Galaxy A7 (2017) in its home country with Bixby on-board — and in case you’re wondering, yes, voice control functionality is missing.

Bixby, Samsung’s answer to Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant, was supposed to be one of the main selling points of the Galaxy S8. However, three months after its launch, the virtual assistant still isn’t living up to its promises in most markets, with a lack of voice control in almost all countries except South Korea.

That hasn’t stopped Samsung from expanding Bixby to its midrange Galaxy A7. The device just launched in South Korea, and unlike international versions of the device, it comes with Bixby pre-installed. That makes it the first handset following the Galaxy S8 to offer the feature, but as you might expect, it’s not the complete version.

Android Authority reports that even in South Korea, Bixby on the Galaxy A7 is missing voice control — despite it being available there on the Galaxy S8. It’s also missing a dedicated Bixby button, though we expect future Galaxy handsets to offer this. It’s also likely that Bixby will eventually make its way to Galaxy A7 handsets in other markets once it’s more complete.

In addition to Bixby, the Galaxy A7 offers Samsung’s own Exynos 7880 chipset, a 5.7-inch Full HD display, 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, and 16-megapixel cameras on its front and back. It’s also IP68-rated for water-resistant, and carries a 3,600mAh battery.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...