Samsung: Galaxy S8 won't ship with Bixby's voice assistant at launch

For US customers, one of the Galaxy S8's headline features will be missing at launch.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor
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Samsung on Tuesday revealed one of the Galaxy S8's headline features, the Bixby virtual assistant, won't support voice commands when the smartphone launches next week.

Voice commands won't be available on the virtual assistant until later this spring, Samsung said in a statement to our sister-site CNET. Bixby Voice will allow users to control the Galaxy S8, like launching apps with a voice command.

"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," Samsung said.

The Wall Street Journal reported the delayed rollout of Bixby Voice could last until the end of May.

Bixby is Samsung's next artificial intelligence service, integrated in the software and hardware launch button on the Galaxy S8. With voice support, you're said to be able to interact conversationally with Bixby while the phone is placed up against your ear.

Samsung previously said Bixby was in beta, and that it will work on Bixby until the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus arrive in stores on April 21, and even long after. Set to compete with Alexa, Cortana, Siri, and Google Assistant, Samsung is planning Bixby Voice support beyond the Galaxy S8.

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