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Bixby is now available in more languages but with a catch


Last updated: December 11th, 2018 at 16:26 UTC+01:00

Samsung confirmed at its developers’ conference last month that Bixby will soon receive support for five new languages. The announcement was well received as many have long waited for Bixby’s language support to be improved.

It was actually due to support four new languages: Italian, Spanish, German and French. UK English was the fifth which just complements existing support for US English. Support for these new languages is now live (first spotted by AllAboutSamsung) but there’s a catch.

Additional Bixby language support limited to the Galaxy Note 9

You can start using Bixby in German, Spanish, French and Italian right away if you’re using it on the Galaxy Note 9. The assistant clearly mentions in the list of supported languages that these options are currently in beta. So expect to encounter some hiccups but it should work nonetheless.

Support for these languages isn’t available on the Galaxy S9 because Bixby 2.0 hasn’t arrived for this device as yet. The Galaxy Note 9, on the other hand, ships with Bixby 2.0. These options are also available to those running the One UI (Android Pie) beta on the Galaxy Note 9. Even though the Galaxy S9 gets Bixby 2.0 on Pie, you won’t find them even if your device is on the beta. Clearly, the rollout of these languages has nothing to do with the Pie beta. Samsung updates Bixby separately so it’s keeping these options limited to the Galaxy Note 9 for now.

We have confirmed that these language options exist in Bixby on the Galaxy Note 9 running both Android Oreo and the Pie beta. They may only arrive for the Galaxy S9 once Pie is publicly released for the handset. Fortunately, users won’t have to wait for too long. Samsung has confirmed that it will release Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 next month.

What language are you the most excited to try out on your Galaxy Note 9?

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