When Samsung announced homegrown Bixby voice assistant along with Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Review), little did we know that Artificial Intelligence (AI) packed inside Bixby would fell short of our expectations. In spite of much fanfare during the launch event in New York, it was surprising to find voice commands in English were not functional. Adding to disappointment to some extent, Samsung is likely to delay English language support within Bixby, according to The Korean Herald. Samsung told The Korean Herald that the company is falling short of enough data to feed Bixby so that it can work properly, which makes sense given that Bixby is still developing.
Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh said in April that Bixby’s English version and Chinese version will be unveiled in May and in June, respectively. Since Bixby still has a long way before it could make the ecosystem ready to handle bigger, more advanced challenges, the company is expected to delay the release. “Developing Bixby in other languages is taking more time than we expected mainly because of the lack of the accumulation of big data,” said Samsung spokesperson to The Korean Herald.
The most obvious challenge that the company is facing with Bixby is the lack of knowledge base. Unlike companies like Google and Apple, Samsung has not advanced much into AI space as of now, which may Bixby is finding it difficult to address some of the user queries and perform required actions.
There was a report earlier hinting Samsung is planning to mass produce its own smart speaker codenamed Vega, which will incorporate the company’s Bixby digital assistant. However, the report did reveal features or release date. However, one thing is certain that Bixby is important to Samsung, which is aiming a bigger, more advanced ecosystem to control the company’s existing lineup of products and home appliances.