According to a statement Samsung sent on Tuesday, the company’s new artificial intelligence assistant called Bixby will not be fully functional when the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphone launches, on April 21. The helper will reportedly not support voice command, at least for the time being. However, Samsung promises that users will be able to issue commands to Bixby “later this spring”.
Bixby, your assistant
According to what the company stated, users will have access to other features of Bixby, like the “Vision”, which can identify real objects and provide information for them, and “Home”, which helps the user with Google-like info cards, when the smartphone launches. Even the “Bixby Reminder”, the feature that helps the user set reminders for certain important events will be completely functional when the Galaxy S8 and S8+ arrive.
Samsung failed to provide a clear reason for the delay of the Bixby feature. However, it is important to note that certain testers had to deal with a lot of bugs when they previewed the new smartphone. Also interesting to note is that the company never made Bixby seem like a direct competitor for the other virtual assistants. For example, Siri from Apple, Alexa from Amazon or the Google Assistant. Each of these tech giants spent entire years to build and optimize their voice helpers. They did this in order to make them the best on the market. Samsung did not take that path. With Bixby, they reportedly only wish to make navigating their devices easier for people. So, whenever you do not know what to do, Bixby will come and get you out or offer you advices.
Not the greatest start
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will come with the pre-installed Google Assistant. This might be a problem, especially because the latter is much more capable than Bixby. So, users might feel the temptation to try Samsung’s new helper, but eventually, they might come back to the Google Assistant. If this will happen, it will be a big problem for the company. Mainly because it would mean that all their work was in vain. Also, that people still prefer the other pre-installed virtual helper. We will see what the people’s reaction is going to be when the new devices will finally become available.
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