The Bixby voice-powered assistant was introduced at a special event last month and was meant to be launched on the Samsung galaxy S8 and S8+ devices. Bixby was all set to help users search and categorise photographs and access information using voice commands. However the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will now ship without English voice control for Bixby, whereas the Korean version of Bixby’s voice control has not been delayed. Google’s voice assistant, which is now a standard part of the Android operating system, will be available.
Samsung said the full Bixby will be made available as an update later this spring. Samsung did not give a reason why it is delaying, but early tests suggested the software was lacking in the days ahead of its launch. The company promised that Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on 21 April. Company also said Bixby Voice will be available in the US on the Galaxy S8 later this spring.
Atlast it is probably a good thing that Samsung does not release the software in an unready state to avoid social media being flooded with examples of its mistakes. After the nightmare of the Note 7’s exploding batteries, Samsung needs the S8 launch to go as smoothly as possible.
Furthermore, the fact that a Korean version of the voice tool is still set to launch on schedule indicates no serious faults with the underlying code.