Samsung's Bixby voice assistant delayed

This is big news from Samsung, as Bixby Voice control was a major focus of the GS8's announcement and Samsung hopes to make it an integral part of the user experience.

With the launch of Bixby, Samsung was aiming to break into a surging market of voice- activated virtual assistants, which includes Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana. It would be a safe bet if you could remap the Bixby button to something useful until the voice assistant feature is officially released.

"Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on 21 April", Samsung said in a statement.

Samsung first announced Bixby in mid-March, very much focusing on the user being able to "call upon" Bixby to assist them in navigating the Galaxy S8.

While the digital PA will still offer basic Vision, Home and Reminder functionality, you won't actually be able to talk to the assistant for some time. Although tipping the global launch of the voice command feature in Bixby for April 21, Samsung in a report states that Bixby will roll out to consumers only by later this spring.

Must Read: Can Samsung's Bixby virtual assistant rule the AI world? The software will be installed on the phone and some features will be available, but voice control for Bixby will not be available when the S8 launches in the USA 21 April.

But delaying Bixby Voice may be a sign the company learned from the Note 7 crisis.

The Samsung refuse to spoke the reason why the voice assistant feature was being delayed. So what does it mean to the users who were looking forward to Bixby? In the fourth quarter of past year, Apple accounted for 20.3 percent of global sales as Samsung's share slipped to 18.5 percent due to the debacle of the Galaxy Note7 whose fire-prone battery defect led to its discontinuation.



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