Bixby, Samsung's virtual assistant that will debut on the Galaxy S8 smartphone, won't be fully available at launch, outside of phones sold in South Korea.
Samsung proudly announced it's new AI assistant Bixby at the official launch of the Galaxy S8 smartphone last month. However, "Bixby Voice will be available in the US on the Galaxy S8 later this spring", Samsung told the BBC in a statement. It was dubbed as one of the most exciting features on the Galaxy S8, giving competition to Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon's Alexa, and Google Assistant.
In a statement provided to Axios, Samsung explains that "key features" of Bixby, such as Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available on launch.
This announcement was made at the local launch of the latest Samsung smartphones at a lavish location in Sydney's eastern suburbs on Tuesday, following its official global launch event in NY last month.
Bixby Voice is the feature that allows the user to control select Samsung apps using only their voice.
Bixby was positioned as perhaps the second most important addition to the Galaxy line during the unveiling, behind only the S8's bezel-less display. And, yes, you can use Bixby to set reminders and be reminded of them.
At least we'll still have Bixby Vision at launch. If we're adding our own speculation, it could be that Samsung wants to make sure its servers are up to the task. The company says that changes will be made and the updated Bixby assistant will be available in Spring this year.
Samsung might be quietly prepping to follow up its excellent Galaxy S8 flagship with an even more impressive handset - and it could come with a futuristic dual-display design. The Galaxy S8 lineup might be priced upwards of Rs. 55,000. We don't know if and when it will be ready in other markets.