Samsung's Bixby voice assistant won't work with the Galaxy S8 until Spring

Home, Vision, and Reminder would be available to the users from the day of launch, but the Bixby voice won't be available to the users until Spring 2017.

The Galaxy S8 users will have to wait till "later this spring" to interact with Bixby.

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone is due to hit shelves in the United States next week, but new reports indicate the device will be missing one key feature. The new AI assistant was touted to work just like Google Assistant. So here is the written review of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

"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".

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. This is why the delay in releasing Voice will probably reflect badly on Samsung.

Samsung will also enable the new Home panel and the ability to set reminders via Bixby.

In an official statement sent to Axios, Samsung has confirmed that its in-house virtual assistant, Bixby Voice, won't be available when the device goes on sale later this month.

To be fair, Samsung did paint an image of Bixby as a constantly improving agent rather than a completely finished product. It has cleared that Bixby is still not fully ready to be launched with the Galaxy S8.

In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ display with a 1440x2960 pixels resolution.

The company had already explained that Samsung Bixby Voice will not be available worldwide at the time of launch.

Next to its very visible "Infinity Display", the Galaxy S8's headline feature is Bixby. Let us know by commenting on Macworld's Facebook page and Twitter feed.

  • Carolyn Briggs