dglobalnews.com Samsung Galaxy S8 will ship without Bixby voice control
Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Samsung Galaxy S8 will ship without Bixby voice control

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 U.S. "later this spring." .

Bixby enters a crowded field of digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon's Alexa.

A statement issued by Samsung to IBTimes UK read: "All Bixby functionality, bar the Voice Function, will be available to UK customers at launch". That's why you should be aware of an announcement that Samsung made today regarding the GS8. Samsung has been telling media outlets that Bixby Voice will not roll out until "later this spring".

Bixby was introduced at Samsung's unveiling of Galaxy S8 smartphone.

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Bixby Voice is perhaps the headline feature of Samsung's new assistant, and will let you use your voice to perform everyday tasks such as sending emails, editing photos and placing calls.

The report said Samsung will initially build small batches - up to just 3,000 units - in an effort to better understand how consumers might one day take advantage of smartphones that fold. Earlier, Samsung confirmed that Bixby voice would give users the facility to fully control their devices through voice commands.

Eventually, Samsung hopes to incorporate Bixby in to all of its appliances, so eventually we may see AI integrated washing machines, fridges and other home appliances. It's said Samsung doesn't consider Bixby's English language performance to be up to the same level as its competence in Korean, according to an anonymous source speaking to The Wall Street Journal.

Samsung does say that Bixby Vision will be at launch, meaning GS8 owners will be able to use their phone's camera to identify objects in the real world. We don't know if and when it will be ready in other markets.

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