Wait­ing for Bix­by Voice Com­mands? Expect More Delays

Anirban Ghoshal

For the want of a good assistant, Bixby-powered Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users may soon start getting used to the Google Assistant.

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Reports indicate that Samsung may yet again delay the launch of voice commands for its new digital assistant Bixby that it released on its latest flagship smartphones.

The assistant was expected to come with all capabilities, including voice commands during the launch, but was eventually released without them.

Sources quoted in the Korean Herald claimed that a full launch of Bixby’s voice feature may get delayed, at least for the US market, to the end of July as there is not enough data from users to go live.

Bixby is Having Trouble Understanding Other Languages

This means that Samsung doesn’t have enough language samples to activate Bixby’s deep learning technology. The Herald report also said that the voice assistant was having trouble understanding US English.

“Developing Bixby in other languages is taking more time than we expected mainly because of the lack of the accumulation of big data,” a Samsung spokesperson was quoted as saying.

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The company had released a Bixby voice preview (limited) in June but the delay may indicate that not enough beta testers signed up.

The Herald report also mentions an unnamed source saying that the problem has been made worse by the geographical and linguistic barriers between Samsung’s Korean headquarters and researchers in California.

Meanwhile, Samsung appears to be pushing Bixby in devices other than a smartphone, with reports indicating a patent for a smart speaker named Vega. While there are no timeframes available for the release of Vega, delay in Bixby voice feature will push it further.

Samsung’s digital assistant currently comes with other features such as providing users with contextual information. This means it learns about app usages and throws back info in the form of cards.

It simply adapts to the user based on usage, time and date. It also has a basic reminders tool that lets you set geolocation alerts. Bixby can also work with Google Play Music.

The S8’s camera is enhanced with Bixby for visual search just like Google Goggles but right inside the camera. It can search for similar images, identify landmarks, and of course let you buy things from Amazon.

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