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Samsung Galaxy S8: Bixby voice assistant not available at launch

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Bixby, Samsung’s new smartphone voice assistant tool, will not be available on the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ at launch, owing to issues with the English language version of the service.

Insiders say that Bixby, Samsung’s rival to Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, is struggling to recognise voice commands in English.

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They claim that a full version of the artificial intelligence (AI) powered tool might not launch until the end of May.

For its part, Samsung has already confirmed that Bixby will arrive in pared down form on the Galaxy S8, at least in the United States.

Samsung stated: “Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on 21st April.

"Bixby Voice will be available in the US on the Galaxy S8 later this spring.”

It’s unclear whether this extends to the UK, although with English language problems, that will most likely be the case.

The decision will be a little bit embarrassing for Samsung, especially as it’s made a big play of Bixby’s abilities compared with competitors.

However, it’s unlikely it will affect already impressive pre–order numbers.



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