Bixby won't support voice commands when Samsung Galaxy S8 launches

Nobody worked harder at that than LG did with their LG G6 model and Samsung with their new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The news will likely disappoint people eager to check out Samsung's take on AI assistants. Let us know by commenting on Macworld's Facebook page and Twitter feed. Bixby will also be able to learn a user's routine and pull the most important information and tasks from different apps onto a single screen. Samsung's phone produced a pic with significantly more light and detail in the fore- and midground versus the iPhone 7 Plus, while only sacrificing the smallest of details in the bright sky behind.

That's a bummer for folks who are eagerly awaiting a chance to try the dedicated hardware button to invoke Bixby when they first receive their new S8. While the refurbished smartphone hasn't gone official as yet, rumors suggest the device will be launched with "Galaxy Note 7R" moniker.

But, just a week before the launch of this flagship device, the company has made a controversial announcement.

Firstly, the observation that users have switched their attention from the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco and accepted the new products by Samsung anyway. While last year's Galaxy S7 was released without incident, the Note 7 was the last phone Samsung released in the US, and the Note line-up are the company's most advanced phones.

Samsung itself had previously detailed that Bixby's capabilities would be limited to a few preinstalled apps initially, while the number of supported apps would eventually increase.

Samsung told that the feature will be pushed-out to UK Galaxy S8 owners later this year.

If you're buying it as part of a two-year deal it's not as expensive as you'd expect, but we'd like to see Samsung reduce the price for next year's phone if at all possible.

  • Arturo Norris