Samsung Galaxy S8’s voice assistant delayed
Samsung has confirmed that the release of the English language version of its virtual assistant Bixby will be delayed.
The voice-controlled assistant was revealed last month and had been intended to be included in all of the South Korean company’s new flagship devices.
However, it has been confirmed that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be rolled out without English voice control for Bixby.
Google’s voice assistant, which is now a standard part of the Android operating system, will be available.
Also available at launch will be Bixby Vision, which will allow users to search for products and information using the S8’s camera.
An update will be made available later this spring, giving users access to the full Bixby service, Samsung said.
“Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on 21 April,” the company said.
“Bixby Voice will be available in the US on the Galaxy S8 later this spring.”
The flagship smartphone is intended to be Samsung’s fight back from the Note 7 scandal.