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Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch globally without Bixby’s voice feature

Bixby’s key feature, voice control will arrive with a software update later this year.


Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ last month. The smartphones came with a host of new features, and improvements that had been highly anticipated for a very long time. Among the highlights is Samsung’s AI-based virtual assistant called Bixby, which was announced even prior the launch of the Galaxy S8 series. Bixby will be debuting with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, which go on sale in the US on April 21. However, Samsung has issued a statement saying that Bixby’s key feature, voice control, won’t be available at first, and would only arrive later via a software update.

Samsung has confirmed this news to The Verge in a statement which reads, “Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home, and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21. Bixby Voice will be available in the US on the Galaxy S8 later this spring.” Bixby Voice is the virtual assistant’s key feature, which sets itself apart from other assistants as it is programmed to interpret one’s natural language instead of making users memorize a set of phrases. In addition to this, Bixby will be able to understand commands with incomplete information as well, and will also prompt users to provide additional input to execute the tasks more efficiently.

Samsung Galaxy S8 users in the US will be able to use Bixby’s other features which are Vision, Reminder and Home. Bixby Vision allows the virtual assistant to recognize objects through the camera app by scanning them and further provide related information. Bixby will be able to detect the objects users are looking at and essentially provide information best to its knowledge. Bixby will set reminders for the user based on their routine and location. With Bixby Reminder one can mark the point of pause while reading an article or watching a video, and can resume it later on. ALSO READ: Samsung Bixby: AI meets contextual awareness, goes beyond a voice assistant

Bixby’s Home feature collects and puts together the most contextually relevant apps and services in a single screen. It isn’t a random collection of apps though, as Bixby Home pays attention to the user’s schedule, routine and personality towards the apps being used and selects them accordingly. Bixby will continuously keep a tab on the user’s actions and collate them in an easier and more convenient way to function. ALSO READ: From Samsung Bixby to Apple Siri, is Artificial Intelligence ready for primetime?

Samsung has been pretty bullish about Bixby, and has harped on how it is different and better than existing virtual assistants. Samsung says that “Bixby is not an ordinary voice assistant, but rather an intuitive and comprehensive interface that leverages contextual awareness to learn users’ habits and respond accordingly.” Considering the fanfare it created on announcing Bixby, it seems quite surprising why it would delay the virtual assistant’s key feature to its users. Samsung hasn’t mentioned a timeframe for the software update, but it looks like the company is taking careful steps with its prized flagship and not repeat their old mistakes. ALSO READ: Samsung Bixby: If done well, it might leave people impressed yet again

हिंदी में भी पढ़ें: Galaxy S8 में आने वाला Bixby असिस्टेंट वॉयस कमांड को नहीं करेगा सपोर्ट

  • Published Date: April 12, 2017 10:55 AM IST
  • Updated Date: April 12, 2017 10:55 AM IST

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