Samsung says Bixby Voice won’t be ready in time for Galaxy S8 launch


T-Mobile began accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at the end of March, and lots of you have probably reserved a unit since then. That’s why you should be aware of an announcement that Samsung made today regarding the GS8.

Samsung has revealed to Axios that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ won’t feature Bixby Voice functionality at launch. That means that you won’t be able to control features of Bixby-enabled apps using your voice. Samsung plans to add Bixby Voice support to the GS8 “later this spring.”

That doesn’t mean that Bixby will be completely absent from the Galaxy S8 at launch. The features that will be available right away include Bixby include Vision, which lets you use the GS8’s camera to identify objects, as well as the Bixby Home feed (which you can see at the top of this post) and Bixby Reminder.

The news that Bixby Voice won’t be available on the Galaxy S8 launch is disappointing for new owners, as it means that they won’t be able to immediately check out one of the GS8’s major new features. It’s also probably a bummer for Samsung, who would like those new owners to try out Bixby Voice and get acclimated to using it regularly. Whatever the reason is for the delay, here’s to hoping that Samsung can get Bixby Voice out sooner rather than later.

Source: Axios

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  • Brian Richards

    This is the exact same mistake that .Microsoft made shipping edge half baked in Windows 10

    The average user is going to give an app or feature one try and one try only. If it’s less good than what they already know, they will turn it off, and it will be dead to them.

  • bruce

    hope the battery dont blow up to

    • Dummy Up Meathead

      Hope you learn to spell.

      • Bobby

        “whiny nerd voice” hope you learn to spell

  • Mike

    This is disappointing news. Overall though I rather wait for Samsung to get it right then them releasing a broken feature.

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  • Polish Announce Table

    R.I.P. Bixby. We barely knew ye.

  • RJ Scott

    I’ve read that the Bixby button is programmable. Just putting that out there. Okay, Google.

  • *cough* Google Assistant *cough*

  • lordabits20

    in all honesty who uses gimmicks like siri and “bixby”?? what an odd name anyway

    • captainbuck

      I just want to make Bixby Voice angry.
      especially if it’s Bill Bixby voice!

  • Jerry Rich

    Them’s the breaks.

  • captainbuck

    What happens if you make Bixby Voice Angry? :)

  • Samsung, don’t offer what you can’t deliver!

    • S6EdgePlus IsBoss

      Bixby will be fine. Pre-ordered my S8Plus Orchid Gray March 30th. Three cases are in the house and now my Samsung 256gb sdcard on deck.

      Now it’s all about the S8Plus on April 19th.#NothingBeatsSamsung

      • squiddy20

        What a Samsung apologist. Samsung makes a big deal about and hypes up Bixby, not only for us to find out it’ll do not even half of what Google Assistant already does, but now it won’t be fully ready when the S8 is released. Keep dreaming, you delusional Samsung fanboy.

  • Joe

    Hey Samsung you can still drop Bixby and let google Assistant be the default assistant.