Samsung Galaxy S8 global launch to happen without Bixby voice feature

Samsung said that the Bixby Voice will be available in the US until later this spring but will include Vision, Home and Reminder at the global launch of the new Galaxy S8 lineup.

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Highlights

    • Samsung Galaxy S8 launch won’t have Bixby voice feature until spring.
    • Samsung Galaxy S8 global launch on April 21.
    • Bixby feature will include Home, Vision and Reminder.

Samsung’s new voice assistant ‘Bixby’- one of the prominent feature in the flagship Galaxy S8 will be missing a key feature at its global launch. Samsung in a statement said that the Bixby Voice will be available in the US until later this spring, ‘likely following a software update’.

However, the virtual AI assistant including Vision, Home and Reminder will be shipped with the global launch of the new Galaxy S8 lineup on April 21. “Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21. Bixby Voice will be available in the U.S. on the Galaxy S8 later this spring”, the company said.

In a similar report, the Wall Street Journal citing sources said that the English version of Bixby could be delayed dut to performance issues found while conducting internal test at Samsung.

“During internal tests in recent weeks, the performance of Bixby’s voice recognition in English has lagged behind that of the virtual assistant’s performance in Korean, these people said, and company executives are still discussing when to make Bixby available in English”, the WSJ report cited.

To remind, Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant was first introduced in March before the official launch of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Samsung touting its new AI assistant to be ‘fundamentally different’ from Siri claimed that the Bixby is more ‘intelligent’ and can handle complex requests. Designed for completeness, the South Korean tech company that Bixby will be able to take control of apps more extensively. The cognitive tolerance in the AI assistant will also be able to understand commands better with ‘incomplete information’ and execute a task based on the available information.

With the onset of the Bixby AI assistant, Samsung had entered the virtual assistance sphere that is mostly controlled by Apple, Amazon and Google’s already existing digital assistant. Notably Google’s personal intelligent assistant the Google Assistant will also run on the Galaxy S8 series.

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