Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Samsung Galaxy S8 Won't Launch With Bixby Voice

Samsung Galaxy S8 Won't Launch With Bixby Voice

The information about that it won't be available for the Galaxy S8's launch should be seen as a big blow to Samsung, as it means those buy the device won't be able to use Bixby Voice. Samsung Galaxy S8 features were unveiled at the event held late March, giving fans an introduction to the key upgrades on the new device.

Samsung was hoping that Bixby would help it break into the surging market of voice activated or digital assistants which is now dominated by the likes of Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Google's Assistant. It's said Samsung doesn't consider Bixby's English language performance to be up to the same level as its competence in Korean, according to an anonymous source speaking to The Wall Street Journal.

"Bixby Voice will be available in the United States on the Galaxy S8 later this spring", the company added.

Despite this, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will arrive with all of Bixby's other features, except for the most important one - voice control.

When the Galaxy S8 was announced, Samsung had warned Bixby wouldn't support all languages immediately, but no reason why was provided. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will launch in the U.S. on 21 April, but Bixby Voice won't be available later in the Spring.

The company did not give an explanation for the delay.

Therefore, shipping the Galaxy S8 with a crippled Bixby makes the entire thing more confounding. However, in demos for Axios, the new voice assistant Bixby failed to work properly.

Bixby enters a crowded field of digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon's Alexa.

Samsung told Express.co.uk that the feature will be pushed-out to UK Galaxy S8 owners later this year.

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