Samsung proudly announced it's new AI assistant Bixby at the official launch of the Galaxy S8 smartphone last month. Samsung notes that key functionalities of Bixby such as Vision, Home, and Reminder will be available in all markets out of the box, with Bixby Voice coming first in the USA "later this spring." .
After a hyped-up unveiling of Samsung's latest virtual assistant Bixby, the tech giant stated that it will not accompany the Samsung Galaxy S8 features for now.
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While initially it won't be available in the U.S., there's no telling when Bixby Voice will become available in other markets either.
Samsung added: "When an application becomes Bixby-enabled, Bixby will be able to support nearly every task that the application is capable of performing using the conventional interface (i.e. touch commands)".
Bixby has been pitched as major feature in the Galaxy S8, with a dedicated button on the left hand side of the device.
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However, the company made a swift U-turn and announced Bixby availability for United Kingdom users, but said it would be optimised for Korean and American users.
Samsung also says Bixby is intelligent enough to understand commands with incomplete information and execute the commanded task to the best of its knowledge.
But this does make sense after the Unpacked event where none of the voice options were enabled on any of the demo units we used, which you can see in our Galaxy S8 First Look video. The biggest would be Daydream support, but it's doubtful Samsung will be rushing to add it, with free Gear VR headsets shipping alongside every pre-ordered S8.
Instead of issuing voice commands, owners will have to contend with using their fingers to utilize Bixby Vision, Home and Reminder.
Why this matters: Android updates are a bone of contention for anyone who doesn't own a Pixel or Nexus phone, so we know it'll be a long time before the S8 is updated to the next version of Android.