Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch without one key feature!

While us Brits had already been told full support for the company's new Siri-rivalling digital assistant Bixby would not be available at launch, users in the United States and Samsung's native Korea had been promised full day-one access.

While the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a pretty stunning phone, one of the key features of the handset would be the voice assistant platform Bixby that Samsung will be including in the handset's software. One of the main focus during Samsung's Unpacked event for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus last month was its own virtual assistant called Bixby.

SAMSUNG HAS ADMITTED that its much-hyped Bixby artificial intelligence (AI) assistant won't be fully ready when the Galaxy S8 starts shipping next week. The Journal said Samsung executives were still discussing on when to make Bixby available in English. "Anything you can do with touch, you can do with voice", Samsung said.

In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ display with a 1440x2960 pixels resolution. But its functionality will be limited to Bixby Vision, Bixby Home, and Bixby Reminder.

Samsung also says Bixby is intelligent enough to understand commands with incomplete information and execute the commanded task to the best of its knowledge.

Existing AI tools like Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant can't perform such actions, a key differentiator for Bixby.

At least we'll still have Bixby Vision at launch.

Bixby was introduced as the headline feature of the Galaxy S8 when it was unveiled in late March, with the smartphone featuring a dedicated button on the left side to activate the feature. (Samsung's largest ever phone was the 7-inch Galaxy W T255 released in 2014).

  • Arturo Norris