Samsung’s new virtual assistant won’t be able to respond to voice requests when the Galaxy S8 launches later this month, the company confirmed to TIME on Wednesday. Such capabilities will be coming to the S8 later this spring, while the digital helper’s other features will be available when the phone launches on April 21.
Samsung Officials Said:
With its intelligent interface and contextual awareness, Bixby will make your phone more helpful by assisting in completing tasks, telling you what you’re looking at, learning your routine and remembering what you need to do. 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 available in the U.S. on the Galaxy S8 later this spring.
There’s no word on exactly why the voice features are being delayed, but Bixby will need everything in place to fight competition from Google, Amazon and Apple.
Bixby’s additional features enable the smart assistant to show users relevant apps and content based on their habits and what they’re doing. It also uses the Galaxy S8’s camera to provide more information about objects in the real world. In a demo, for example, the assistant was able to suggest food pairings after scanning the label on a bottle of wine.
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