Samsung’s Bixby Voice feature won’t be hitting your phone any time soon

by Brandon Russell | May 31, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus owners in the U.S. won’t get to use Bixby Voice anytime soon. According to The Wall Street Journal, the feature isn’t expected to arrive until the end of June (at the earliest), with fears it could be pushed back even further.

Apparently, the software is having difficulty understanding English, which means it’s likely to miss Samsung’s imposed “end of spring” deadline. The feature has already launched overseas but remains elusive here in the U.S., which means the Galaxy S8 has been on the market for over a month without one of its biggest features.

When the Galaxy S8 was unveiled, Samsung trumpeted Bixby’s Voice feature, saying it allowed users to perform any functions just as they would with their own two hands. Unfortunately, the feature wasn’t ready for launch; only Bixby Home and Bixby Vision were available when the S8 was made available, and even then the features feel unfinished.

Making Bixby Voice’s absence even more glaring is the fact that the S8 includes a dedicated button that launches the digital assistant. (A button, by the way, that users are unable to remap to something more useful. Like, say, Google Assistant.)

After last year’s Note 7 recall, learning that Samsung’s digital assistant is struggling to reliably understand English is bad news. We’d love to test the feature out, but it sounds like it won’t be available for at least another month.

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