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Samsung Galaxy S8: Two planned features might not make it to the final version

The Galaxy S8 may get released without the Viv assistant and optical fingerprint sensor. (Image: Techconfigurations)
The Galaxy S8 may get released without the Viv assistant and optical fingerprint sensor. (Image: Techconfigurations)
Samsung may have to cut two planned features from the final version of the Galaxy S8. The innovative optical fingerprint sensor may be replaced by a traditional one at the back of the unit and the Viv Assistant could be dropped due to legal reasons.

Previous rumors allegedly revealed all the wonderful technologies and design choices Samsung may have planned for the Galaxy S8, that is due for a worldwide release in March of next year. However, according to new information we received, Samsung may have to cut two features, that were initially planned. A report out of Korea suggests, that Samsung may have decided to drop plans to include an optical fingerprint sensor under the display glass due to less than optimal results during early testing. Instead, Samsung is now planning to integrate a traditional fingerprint sensor at the back of the handset.

The second problem could be more difficult to solve however. According to Richard Windsor, analyst at Edison Investment Research, Samsung may not be allowed to integrate the Viv Assistant and its A.I. technology Samsung acquired from Viv Labs into the Galaxy S8 due to a patent sharing agreement between Samsung and Google from 2014. According to this agreement, Samsung is not allowed to offer any services that directly compete with Google's own services. The Viv Assistant is a direct competitor to the Google Assistant in the Pixel phones and may even do a better job at interpreting complex search patterns, according to a report from The Register.

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Alexander Fagot, 2016-12-17 (Update: 2016-12-17)
Alexander Fagot
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As a former projectionist still used to working with 35 mm film and experience in computer assembling and overclocking, I was drawn to the professional IT crowd a couple of years back and started working in IT support, Windows administration and project management before discovering my love for traveling the world. Now I am working as a news editor from all parts of the world, mostly writing about gadgets and mobile gear for Notebookcheck.