Report: Samsung Galaxy S8’s Bixby Voice Won’t be Available Until Late June

Report: Samsung Galaxy S8’s Bixby Voice Won’t be Available Until Late June

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ are undoubtedly two of the hottest smartphones of 2017 with their gorgeous edge-to-edge display and top-of-the-line hardware without significantly widening the phone.

One of the most talked about features of the Galaxy S8 during Samsung’s Unpacked event was its new virtual assistant called Bixby. Bixby is Samsung’s take on the virtual assistant, offering functionalities similar to already popular virtual assistants like Google Assistant and Siri.

The full version of Bixby assistant was supposed to roll-out soon after both devices went on sale, but due to some technical issues, Samsung had to postpone the launch of Bixby Voice. At the time, Samsung said only Bixby Vision, Home, and Reminders would be available out of the box, with the promise to launch Bixby Voice in the U.S. in Spring. But according to a new report, it looks like we’re still weeks away before Samsung finally rolls out the voice functionality of the Bixby assistant in the U.S.

According to sources familiar with the matter who spoke with The Wall Street Journal, the English version of Bixby Voice won’t be available “until at least late June.” According to the report, the reason for this delay is due to Bixby Voice struggling to understand English syntax and grammar, indicating the service is not quite yet ready for the official launch. So far Bixby Voice is only available in the South Korean language, with support for Chinese reportedly coming later this month.

Responding to the matter, a Samsung spokesperson told the WSJ :

“Bixby Voice benefits from time to further enhance natural language understanding and we are currently growing our user testing in the U.S. to prepare for launch.”

Currently, pressing the Bixby button brings ‘Hello Bixby’ which shows you context-based information from apps installed on your device in Google Now-style cards. Fortunately, you can remap the dedicated Bixby button on your Galaxy S8 to Google Assistant if you don’t care for Bixby.


Source: The Wall Street Journal