Bixby isn’t coming to your Galaxy S8 yet because it doesn’t understand English


So the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus were launched a little over a month ago, but one of its biggest features, Bixby, still isn’t 100%. Bixby’s main selling point was the ability for it to act as a personal assistant, but one key feature has been missing – voice activation.

Samsung launched Bixby Voice for those in South Korea back in the beginning of the month while stating that it would be coming to the rest of the world “this Spring”. Unfortunately, it seems that won’t be the case as The Wall Street Journal and The Verge are reporting that Bixby Voice isn’t ready yet, and won’t be until “at least late June”.

According to the report, Samsung is having a tough time with its digital assistant learning the English language. It’s a little unsettling for a company as big as Samsung, with such a US presence, to be advertising a feature that isn’t even available yet.

Sure, you can open up your Galaxy S8 and navigate to the Bixby home screen right now, but you can’t do anything when it comes to using just your voice. Luckily, there is still a way for you to perform tasks with your voice thanks to Google Assistant, but it’s really not the point.

Samsung even included a dedicated Bixby button, while working to prevent developers releasing apps which remap the button to something more useful. A proper “temporary” fix for this would be for Samsung to remove restrictions on the Bixby button until Bixby Voice is launched.

Let us know what you think about this latest report and whether you think Samsung should have waited before introducing Bixby with its 2017 flagship.

[The Verge | Wall Street Journal]


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