Samsung Galaxy S8 won't support Bixby voice commands at launch

The company confirmed in a statement to that Bixby Voice, the part of the assistant that will let you control the Galaxy S8 by barking at it, won't be available until later this spring.

Bixby has been pitched as major feature in the Galaxy S8, with a dedicated button on the left hand side of the device.

Unexpectedly, the company today dropped a bomb by announcing that Bixby assistant is still in works and it won't ship with the Galaxy S8 that is releasing in the U.S. on April 21.

The company heavily promoted Bixby when it unveiled the Galaxy S8 in March, insisting it's "fundamentally" different from rivals like Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana.

Samsung says some features, including Home, Reminder, and Vision, will be ready for use on the global versions of the Galaxy S8, when it goes on sale later this month. Bixby Vision, Home and Reminder, however, will be available at launch.

Bixby Voice is more than just another feature for Samsung's voice assistant. Bixby was built on technology that was acquired from Viv, an AI virtual assistant created by some of the same people who originally built Siri.

Samsung claims that Bixby will be able to support nearly every task that the application that is capable of performing using the conventional interface (i.e. touch commands).

The announcement from Samsung shows that there is a large demand for Samsung's flagship model in what is one of the most lucrative markets in the world. After the alleged acquisition by Viv labs on the company for building Bixby out of a purchased AI from Apple's Siri developers, Samsung noted that Bixby will launch a little late for the US customers.

With the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus approaching the consumer launch, Samsung has revealed somewhat-unpleasant news for potential buyers (well, depending on how you look at it). The company's latest front runner that is expected to launch April 21 worldwide will not incorporate the Samsung's hallmark feature for the USA customers. It'll arrive in the form of a software update.



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