Samsung's Bixby won't initially pick-up Australian accent

Samsung has confirmed the global launch of its Galaxy S8 smartphone will go ahead despite admitting one of its key features will not be ready until later this year.

With the launch of Bixby, Samsung was aiming to break into a surging market of voice- activated virtual assistants, which includes Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana.

Bixby, the digital, AI-based virtual assistant from the stables of Samsung, which was billed as the hallmark of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, may be lacking in more ways than one when it does ship. However, in a statement given to The Verge, Samsung admits that Bixby's headline feature - voice control - won't be ready in time for when the device ships to United States consumers on April 21.

There's some bad news for those who were waiting to experience Samsung's new voice functionality - the service will not be available when the Galaxy S8 launches on 21 April. 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 is "proudly" claiming that Bixby is the most intelligent virtual assistant on the market yet, capable of performing tasks that other virtual assistants can not.

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

It used voice commands, unlike other competitors. It would be a safe bet if you could remap the Bixby button to something useful until the voice assistant feature is officially released. The Bixby Vision is basically an augmented reality (AR) camera feature, allowing users to find out more about various objects in real time.

That doesn't mean that Bixby will be completely absent from the Galaxy S8 at launch. The digital assistant's Bixby Vision feature will work, according to Samsung. Hopefully, the Samsung Galaxy S8 features update for the Bixby app will be out soon.

  • Carolyn Briggs