You won't be saying hello to Bixby on your new Galaxy S8

Pablo Tucker
April 14, 2017

In an official statement sent to Axios, Samsung has confirmed that its in-house virtual assistant, Bixby Voice, won't be available when the device goes on sale later this month. However, "Bixby Voice will be available in the USA on the Galaxy S8 later this spring", Samsung told the BBC in a statement. Home, Vision, and Reminder would be available to the users from the day of launch, but the Bixby voice won't be available to the users until Spring 2017. Samsung did not give any reason for the delay in Bixby Voice rollout, but it is certainly a letdown since Samsung hyped the feature so much at the time of launch. It was dubbed as one of the most exciting features on the Galaxy S8, giving competition to Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon's Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Also, Samsung Electronics had already hinted that the Bixby voice wouldn't be launching in full, originally, detailing that voice controls would be integrated into some key native apps with a limited number of languages being supported at launch.

The company has refused to comment on why the voice command has been delayed.

Bixby is content aware meaning that, provided you are within a compatible app, users can refer directly to items on-screen. And no matter how exciting Bixby might be, it still takes a backseat to Samsung's gorgeous design for the handset. Next to the large Infinity Display and improved battery, the AI assistant is perhaps another attraction that will make people believe in the South Korean tech giant again.

In a statement to CNBC, Samsung said the voice portion of the virtual assistant will be available to stateside customers only in spring, likely following a software update.

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