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Bixby Voice won’t be available on the Galaxy S8 when it launches in the US

by Josh Levenson | April 12, 2017April 12, 2017 7:00 am PDT

Bad news for folks who pre-ordered a Galaxy S8 in the United States: Bixby Voice won’t be available until “later this spring.” Customers will, however, be able to take advantage of Bixby’s Vision, Home and Reminder functionality as soon as their handset arrives.

“With its intelligent interface and contextual awareness, Bixby will make your phone more helpful by assisting in completing tasks, telling you what you’re looking at, learning your routine and remembering what you need to do,” says Samsung in a statement.

What's Bixby?

Samsung announces Bixby ahead of the Galaxy S8’s unveiling

Samsung finally announced its AI-powered virtual assistant, Bixby, which will debut on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus on March 29. To set itself apart from its competitors (Cortana, Google Assistant and Siri), Bixby will serve as a voice-based interface for controlling applications, as opposed to a tool for answering questions and responding to […]

“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 U.S. on the Galaxy S8 later this spring.”

This could harm adoption rates

It’s pretty safe to say that launching the Galaxy S8 without the feature could take a toll on the adoption rate of the AI. After all, it’s unlikely people will change the way they use their device when Bixby Voice finally launches a couple of months down the line.

Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...