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More Bixby Vision features are hitting Verizon phones

Due to reasons that totally had nothing to do with Verizon including its own version of the Amazon app on the Galaxy S8, Bixby Vision was missing the shopping feature at launch. Verizon users who tap the Bixby Eye in the camera app today will find Bixby Vision is updating today with the shopping feature, making VZW S8s just as feature complete as the rest of the Galaxy S8 line.

This update doesn't improve the quality of Bixby Vision results, unfortunately, so unless you're scanning a barcode the results will be questionable at best. In much the same way that Bixby Vision's image recognition tool uses Pinterest for quality results, the shopping section relies entirely on Amazon. Though, even when the results couldn't be more clear, the app still stumbles unless there's a barcode.

The good news is Verizon Wireless variants of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are now just as ready to use Bixby Vision as every other variant, and with more users offering feedback it's possible this service will actually be useful one day.

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

  • "with more users offering feedback it's possible this service will actually be useful one day." ... sure, just look at the excellent usability improvements done to S-Voice due to user feedback ... oh, wait ...
  • Shopping Bixby worked for me on the first test shot. I took a screen shot of the Bixby results but have no idea how to post the screen shot. But it worked, no UPC label involved.
  • The same here, I took a picture of The legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild on the cover of my Game Informer magazine, and it correctly found the game and guides for it on Amazon.