without voice recognition capabilities. Those were later added in via an update, but only in South Korea — U.S. users had to wait for more than a month after that, and the end result of that wait had its fair share of problems.
And what's worse, the U.S. and Korea are still the only two countries where the assistant is officially available, meaning users in countries like the U.K. have no access to the service despite, you know, knowing how to speak English. But we now have a piece of good news for all the people out there who don't appreciate having a nearly useless physical button on their device: Bixby Voice may be getting a global release soon.
The news comes from a fairly obscure source: the changelog for the latest version of Samsung's Contacts app. The only item mentioned there reads: "Bixby English global launching," which can only be interpreted in two different ways: either the rest of the world will soon be able to enjoy the wonders of Samsung's new virtual assistant, or whoever wrote the changelog had no idea what they were doing.
But if this turns out to be true, however, it remains to be seen how well Bixby will handle accents different from the ones found in the U.S. — if past experience has taught us anything, we should expect to start seeing a fair amount of hilarious miscommunication videos like this classic. And as for languages other than Korean and English, we wouldn't hold our breath, even if Samsung's S Voice already supports six additional ones.