Samsung has announced that the Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will become available in the United States starting July 21. Both handsets will be available from Best Buy and Samsung’s online store, so unfortunately they won’t be available in any carrier retail shops.
The new Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be offered in Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint carrier-specific models at Best Buy. There will also be an unlocked option available from Best Buy and Samsung.com.
At Best Buy, if a customer buys the new Coral Blue option between July 21 and July 29, they can get up to $400 off the full retail price of the handset with a qualified purchase or activation.
We’re a few months out from the Galaxy S8′s launch, but finally getting the Coral Blue Galaxy S8 here in the States is a welcomed surprise. Did you already pick up a Galaxy S8 in one of the other colors, but would have preferred this blue option instead?
Today’s a big day for Bixby.
Bixby Voice is now launching in U.S. English in the United States and Korea. To get it, you Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners need to update your app to the latest version and you should be good to go.
Samsung has integrated Bixby Voice with many of its core apps, and the company touts that you can use it to do just about anything that you could do by tapping or typing. For example, you can tell Bixby to take a selfie, change your alarm, check the weather, activate your flashlight, and search for specific photos and then create an album with them. You can say “Hi Bixby” to bring up your new assistant.
Other native and third-party apps will support Bixby Voice through Bixby Labs, and Samsung says that select apps are offering “preliminary” Bixby integration.
Samsung has made a big deal out of Bixby, talking it up at the Galaxy S8’s introduction and dedicating a hardware button on the GS8 to the new assistant. That’s why it was disappointing to see Bixby Voice miss the launch of the Galaxy S8 in the U.S. a few months ago. Now Bixby Voice is ready to meet Galaxy S8 owners in the U.S., though, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it performs now and how it improves as S8 owners continue to use it.