Samsung today revealed that its voice assistant “Bixby” will not be bundled with the Galaxy S8 when it ships to US buyers on April 21st. The company said in a statement that English language version of its voice assistant will not be ready by April 21st at least, and the S8 owners in the US have to wait till spring for it to hit their devices through a software update.
“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 US on the Galaxy S8 later this spring,” Samsung’s statement reads.
Experts familiar with the matter have said that there are no details on when the other language versions of the voice assistant will be launched. So as far as the consumers in the US is concerned, they will be able to use Bixby vision, which is its augmented reality camera feature, and other features like reminders, Home panel, and Bixby cards. The Galaxy S8 will not support voice command until this spring at least.
Samsung introduced Bixby to take on Apple’s Sri and Google Assistant. Samsung during the launch of the Galaxy S8 in late March revealed that Bixby is quite efficient than the Sri and Google Assistant, because of its ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. The biggest difference between the former and the latter is that Bixby can do anything that you do with touch. Instead of tapping, you can ask Bixby to do anything through voice commands.
Samsung’s Bixby was quoted as the significant feature in the Galaxy S8 apart from bezel-less display and unique aspect ratio. The phone has a dedicated button on its sides to evoke it. Samsung is bidding high on its digital AI assistant; however, it is taking chances by delaying its launch.