Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

Samsung Bixby May Take Time To Reach The US

Samsung proudly announced it's new AI assistant Bixby at the official launch of the Galaxy S8 smartphone last month.

According to Samsung, Bixby Voice won't be available on the Galaxy S8 until later this Spring.

Bixby is facing some stiff competition from other AI features like Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana.

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At launch, Bixby will be available in the United States (albeit without the ability to use voice commands) and South Korea. Samsung says that anything you can do with touch, you'll be able to do with your voice.

Bixby Vision, an image recognition functionality, will work on the devices that are initially shipped, as will Home (a new screen with dynamic cards) and Reminders, all of which are based on Bixby's AI capabilities. One of the main focus during Samsung's Unpacked event for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus last month was its own virtual assistant called Bixby.

In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ display with a 1440x2960 pixels resolution. Samsung will then have to deal with the AI's more existential problems, namely convincing app developers to lend their support and expanding onto other devices, in the future. The company as reported earlier has target estimations of selling 58 million Galaxy S8 units globally up to December.

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