With the announcement of its latest flagship duo, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung also revealed its very own voice assistant 'Bixby'. The new AI assistant was touted to work just like Google Assistant. It's supposed to recommend context-aware information in the form of cards, allow voice control of apps and even allow for control of various smart Samsung devices.
At the time of its announcement, it was said that Bixby will only be available in English and Korean languages, but now there is a report that suggests that the AI assistant is not ready for the former language.
The new flagships are expected to go on sale this month in a variety of markets globally, but it might be missing the new voice assistant. According to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung will not launch the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with Bixby due to certain performance issues discovered in the past few weeks. While the English-language version of Bixby is expected to be delayed until the end of May, a Samsung spokesperson has confirmed that it won't be available until spring in the US.
Apparently, the performance of the English version of Bixby lagged behind that of the Korean version. Company executives are said to be discussing as to when exactly they want to launch the English version.
This could be a big setback for Samsung as the S8 series has received a good initial response thanks to its amazing design. Then again, if, as we suspect, Bixby won't be such a big deal, it shouldn't matter that the S8's flagship feature is missing.
Published Date: Apr 12, 2017 11:33 am | Updated Date: Apr 12, 2017 11:33 am