Samsung Galaxy S8 won't launch with Bixby Voice feature

Posted April 19, 2017

The new Samsung Galaxy smartphone is being snapped up by Australians in droves but there's one feature that won't have the local market talking.

Bixby is the new voice digital assistant featured in newly launched Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone. After the alleged acquisition by Viv labs on the company for building Bixby out of a purchased AI from Apple's Siri developers, Samsung noted that Bixby will launch a little late for the US customers. Samsung has officially confirmed that the voice commands feature won't be ready by April 21, the day units of the device start shipping out to consumers in the US.

Instead of issuing voice commands, owners will have to contend with using their fingers to utilize Bixby Vision, Home and Reminder.

Bixby integrates with a number Samsung's own native apps, including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with more set to debut later this year (as well as third-party integration).

Just to give you a brief background, the use of voice based personal assistant first began in 2011 when Apple launched its iPhone 4S with Siri and soon after Google's immediate response was in the name Google. This simply means that users will be able to use the Galaxy S8's camera to identify objects.

Samsung has yet to detail the reason for the delay. Both come with an Infinity display, giving you a massive 95% screen to body ratio.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ FAQ: Everything you need to know!

According to Samsung Germany, a customer was provided with details of Bixby's arrival in the German language.

Samsung itself had previously detailed that Bixby's capabilities would be limited to a few preinstalled apps initially, while the number of supported apps would eventually increase.

Bixby aside, the Galaxy S8 is shaping up as one of the phones of 2017.