Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are no longer rumors. They duo is now real, with only a couple of weeks between now and the release dates.
As of now, the only units you can find out there are meant for reviews and so far, there are a bunch of interesting stuff we are gradually finding out about the phones. Just recently, it emerged that the phones’ soft keys can easily be customized. In addition, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are equipped with Bluetooth 5 that helps users to stream audio to two speakers or headsets at the same time.
Now, you might also be aware that the South Korean tech giant unveiled its own digital assistant baked into the two phones. Dubbed Bixby, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the first to come preinstalled with this virtual assistant. However, this is not the only digital assistant that comes aboard these two phones.
At the MWC 2017, Google confirmed that all Android Marshmallow and Nougat devices will receive the Google Assistant via a software update. At the same time, it was also confirmed that the LG G6 will be the first non-Google device to come pre-installed with the same Assistant. Well, the same just happened with the both Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, where the two also come preinstalled with the Google Assistant out of the box. This makes it a total of two virtual assistants on the same phone.
As if these two are not enough, Microsoft has also found a way of equipping the Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones with its own Cortana digital assistant. This comes in the form of Microsoft Edition variants of the two phones, where the two assistants already on board are getting a third partner, which makes it a whole three digital assistants on the same phone – right out of the box!
Note that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Microsoft Editions are special editions and as such, only those open to juggling between three virtual assistants can jump on this ship. As for the standard editions, which have two assistants by default, you’ll still get a few Microsoft apps such as Skype, Office, and OneDrive. The special Microsoft Edition adds Cortana alongside Microsoft Outlook, which only but adds to the bloatware already available on the phones from Samsung. In terms of specs, nothing changes from the original models.