Samsung had introduced Bixby, Samsung’s personalized assistant with its flagship models Samsung Galaxy S8. It was the most interesting feature of the flagship models as with it Samsung set foot in the world of personalized assistance. It was supposed to be competition to other personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Corton, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s assistant.
A statement given by Samsung to Axioms said, stated that “key features” such as Vision, Home, and Reminder, will be available to be accessed by users along with augmented reality in the Galaxy S8’s camera app, but Bixby Voice would not be there on the device. The company also said that Bixby Voice would not come until later this year in the US.
The statement said, ” Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home, and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21. Bixby Voice will be offered in the U.S. on the Galaxy S8 later this spring.”
This does take the fun out of the while Voice Assistant essence of Bixby. What made this new feature exciting was it’s voice assistant support just as Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana. No particular reason was given for the holding back of this feature. This admittedly is a great let down by Samsung as the feature had been hyped up a lot.
Samsung had claimed at the launch of Galaxy S8 that Bixby will provide full voice control of the device. Samsung had also boosted off a dedicated button for Bixby on the device.
Many US reviewers of Samsung Galaxy S8 reported that there were issues with the working of Bixby on the device. The remarks were addressed by Samsung and worked on.