Samsung's voice assistant Bixby could be delayed due to performance issues

The Samsung Galaxy S8 might be just days away from hitting retailers' shelves, but the Korean manufacturer has just pulled one of the phone's key new features.

The new Samsung Galaxy smartphone is being snapped up by Australians in droves but there's one feature that won't have the local market talking.

Samsung says other Bixby features such as Home - a screen with dynamic cards - and Reminders will be operational when the Galaxy S8 ships.

This means buyers in the United States will have to wait a few more weeks to be able to fully utilize the potential of Samsung's new virtual assistant.

"Until now, preorders for the Galaxy S8 reached 620,000 units, with the 128GB Galaxy S8 Plus accounting for 150,000 units", an official from Samsung Electronics said.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch worldwide on April 21st 2017.

Many people even believe that unveiling a half-baked Bixby is Samsung's desperate attempt to enter the voice assistant fray, especially after it bought Viv, a start-up founded by Siri's original creators, to boost its efforts in AI. It seems Samsung will make the Bixby Voice available through a software update.

While the digital PA will still offer basic Vision, Home and Reminder functionality, you won't actually be able to talk to the assistant for some time.

Another independent analyst, Richard Windsor, who writes the Radio Free Mobile blog further commenting on Bixby told AFP that, "Bixby is trying to do things a little differently but careful assessment of what Samsung demonstrated shows a service that has very little intelligence at all". "Anything you can do with touch, you can do with voice" is how Samsung reps have boasted about Bixby in the lead-up to, during, and after the S8 launch event last month. When it comes towards the display so the Standard Galaxy S8 got a 5.8 inches Super AMOLED display which is bigger display than any standard flagship device have, while it's big brother got a 6.2 inches Super AMOLED display which is a huge display ever made.

Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies Associates said Bixby might face challenge scatching up with its rivals, which have been deployed for some time.

Earlier this year Samsung revealed it is leading the pack with more than 5 million Gear VRs sold, crushing the almost 1 million Sony PS VR headsets sold to date.

  • Carolyn Briggs