Samsung's voice-activated virtual assistant will not be ready for the much-anticipated Galaxy S8's 21 April launch.
Samsung proudly announced it's new AI assistant Bixby at the official launch of the Galaxy S8 smartphone last month. "Bixby Voice will be available in U.S. English later this spring, and will expand to more languages globally over time".
Still, voice control was one of the marquee features touted at the S8's unveiling last month and a way for Samsung to make its digital assistant stand out from the likes of Apple's Siri.
Samsung has huge ambitions for the new feature, which it calls an "intelligent interface". Earlier, Samsung confirmed that Bixby voice would give users the facility to fully control their devices through voice commands. Vision refers to Bixby's ability to identify a real world object while Home is its dedicated screen ala Google Now.
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Instead of issuing voice commands, owners will have to contend with using their fingers to utilize Bixby Vision, Home and Reminder. "The commercial helped launch the Samsung Galaxy S8 in NY last week". Samsung says that anything you can do with touch, you'll be able to do with your voice.
Samsung even designated a button on the side of the S8 to access the virtual assistant, allowing users to fire up Bixby the way they would a walkie-talkie.
The outlet further added that Samsung's Display division has been gradually ramping up its screen tech research efforts, with plans to roll out a limited batch of foldable handsets in the latter half of this year. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are backed up by a 3000mAh and 3500mAh battery respectively.