Samsung's Galaxy S8 will launch without Bixby voice assistant

Posted April 13, 2017

Bixby, Samsung's virtual assistant that will debut on the Galaxy S8 smartphone, won't be fully available at launch, outside of phones sold in South Korea.

On Tuesday Samsung said its Bixby digital assistant, the Korean firm's answer to Apple's Siri, is delayed and will not ship as expected when the S8 officially launches on April 21.

Speaking to Silicon, a Samsung spokesperson said: "All Bixby functionality, bar the Voice Function, will be available to United Kingdom customers at launch".

The incidents with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had even forced the smartphone giant to delay its release for their launch of their Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone. Samsung heavily touted the feature when it announced the GS8 last month, but apparently it needs a bit more time in the oven before its ready for public consumption. Samsung plans to add Bixby Voice support to the GS8 "later this spring".

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However, some of the apps created to work with Bixby will still feature on the phone including Vision, which lets you point a camera at objects in the real world to use augmented reality and see information on your phone screen.

Eventually, Samsung hopes to incorporate Bixby in to all of its appliances, so eventually we may see AI integrated washing machines, fridges and other home appliances. This news would certainly disappoint the buyers who have been waiting to try out the Bixby assistant on the Galaxy S8.

We've heard a lot about Samsung, and other companies" foldable phone ambitions, with numerous rumours suggesting Sammy is working on a foldable "Galaxy X' handset. Are any of you planning on grabbing a Galaxy S8? Assistant may not be flawless, but a working voice assistant is better than a non-working voice assistant, and Samsung risks Bixby becoming forgotten by global users if it arrives too late.