Breaking news: Bixby still exists. Not just that, but it will still exist in 2021, as well. According to a new report, the S21 family will ship with Bixby Voice on board next year. So if you were hoping for an unceremonious burial of the failed assistant platform, that’s still some way off, it seems.
In the meantime, Samsung wants to extend Bixby’s reach and as such, in the S21 series, Bixby Voice will be a biometric unlocking option, alongside fingerprint recognition and face unlock.
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This sounds even less secure than face unlock, and given how reliable Bixby Voice is at understanding what you want from it, we can only imagine how ‘seamless’ the process of unlocking your phone with your voice could be. But hey, we’re eager to be proven wrong here, although we’re also incredibly curious to find out why Samsung thinks this is something people might want or use, regardless of how well (or badly) it could work.
Bixby Voice unlocking will apparently be part of One UI 3.1, the version of Samsung’s skin that will make its debut on the S21 devices. The feature will make it to other Samsung handsets as they get updated to One UI 3.1.