Samsung Galaxy S8 won't launch with Bixby Voice feature

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Following the recall and discontinuation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S8 is the new flagship smartphone for Samsung.

As reported by Ars Technica, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 features offered a number of impressive upgrades of which the Samsung Bixby was a part.

Samsung's voice-assistant Bixby will not ship with any of its voice control functionality at launch.

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The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be released commercially next week but sadly, Bixby will not be fully ready.

Instead of issuing voice commands, owners will have to contend with using their fingers to utilize Bixby Vision, Home and Reminder.

Will Bixby launch later in spring or will it arrive sooner? Also, you'll be able to set reminders. But you'll all have to do it manually. And that's for the U.S. models. Rumor has it that we will also see a foldable screen, since this is the current trend, together with a dual-lens camera, though it wouldn't be the first device to offer this. That sad, it is surprising that Korea wasn't mentioned either.

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In Bixby Voice's absence, customers can make use of Google Assistant, another voice assistant that comes pre-loaded on the phone. It is perhaps its biggest differentiating factor, with Vision coming a close second.

The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported that internal tests conducted at Samsung revealed Bixby's voice recognition performance in English lagged behind its form in Korean.

Samsung Electronics posted its best quarterly profit in almost four years despite its de-facto boss going to trial in a political corruption scandal and taking a faulty phone model off the market. In fact, its own list of apps that support voice control is rather limited.

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