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Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch without Bixby's voice support

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Android flagships to launch without Bixby
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+
Although it was supposed to launch with the new Galaxy S8 flagships, we now hear that the Bixby voice control features will not roll out in the US at the same time as the new Galaxy handsets, being scheduled to arrive "later this Spring" instead.

The last time we heard about Bixby, it was not good news for Samsung's German customers, who should wait at least until the end of the summer to get the voice control features for the Galaxy S8 handsets. Now, it looks like the US customers also have to wait for a while after the launch of the new flagship, although they are a bit luckier.

According to VentureBeat, Samsung provided the following statement when asked about the arrival of the company's virtual assistant and how it would compare to its tough competitors like Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant: "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."

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are already up for pre-order and in some countries, they are also reaching their new owners as we speak. Global retail availability is expected in about two weeks.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-04-12 (Update: 2017-04-12)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.