Bixby launch reportedly delayed due to English-related voice recognition issues

Bixby launch reportedly delayed due to English-related voice recognition issues

As you may have already heard, Bixby — Samsung's highly touted AI assistant — won't be gracing the Galaxy S8/S8+ at launch. Not in its final form, at least, and not in the U.S. The full-fledged version of Bixby will supposedly launch “later this spring,” according to a brief official statement by Samsung.

According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter, the English-speaking version of Bixby won't be available at launch, due to its performance not being up to par with its Korean-savvy counterpart.

Internal Sasmung assessments over the last couple of weeks have indicated that the performance of Bixby's voice recognition capabilities in English are lagging behind the AI's performance in Korean, the source claims, which made the company reconsider rolling out Bixby in time for the S8 launch.

Bixby is pushed as one of the key selling points for Samsung's new flagships and its delayed launch may have a somewhat negative effect on initial impressions. On the other hand, Samsung's decision to keep the service under wraps until its fleshed out and ready for release may be the better option in this case, as releasing an unfinished product could be more detrimental to the undertaking.

There is no official information as to when exactly Bixby will hit the U.S., but the source speaking to the WSJ claims that a late May launch is very likely.

source: WSJ (subscription required)

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21 Comments

1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Good, don't rush it like you did with the S-voice crap. Perfect it and then release it. Nothing destroys a product more than a bad first-impression.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It failed on the most generic language in the world, what more on other languages?

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"It failed on the most generic language in the world, what more on other languages?" Are you for reall? English being the most generic laguage means nothing, as samsung is a Korean company and in this case, Korean is Samsung's generic language, not English!

16. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah its so generic you can't even spell it right. Even with the help on the most latest smartphone you still fail at spelling english. Ironic.

18. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

@ Settings, if you think about the fact that Korean is the default language for Samsung, it's not that unrealistic. Also, English is an incredibly complex language. It's not too surprising that it's having issues with it.

19. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Bixby is only the one experiencing problems in English language while others are not.

20. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Because it's very new software. Tbh, I wish that they'd take time to develop it, but saying that English is a super easy language to code for is simply not true. I mean, I'm disappointed that they're trying to push Bixby seemingly so early on in the development, but the English complaint is pretty valid.

2. Stranger

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

To be honest mate i dont even think there is a need for bixby when u already have a google assistant on it :)

5. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It's like saying why release Galaxy S8 when you have Pixel? Sounds like a idiotic logic. Google Assistant is hopeless, only people who like it are google fangirls and deluded american media.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Bixby uses Google for searches. Bixby is just a preschooler asking a four-degree holder Google.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Really? Google Assistant can't integrate with the Galaxy S8 better than Bixby can do, no can it execute Samsung Pay or any other of Samsung's services with accuracy. SMH

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Dont get me started on integration, Bixby cant even integrate with 95% of Android handsets out there, even if it was it would be halfbaked. If I were to choose, I'm siding with Google. The heck choosing is not an option to begin with.

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I was talking about integrating with Samsung's services, as a counter to claims that Bixby in Samsung phones is useless just because there is Google Assistant. As simple as that.

3. kumar1234 unregistered

Bixby will be a flop just like their S-voice and their crap OS Tizen. It'll be far inferior than google assistant. It'll only bloat the device and hinder the way of using the device . Only brainwashed S-sheep ( like that ugly ha*lyu, that fouth class software engineer, samsung's trojan horse) will use it over google assistant.

4. Stranger

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

AI is right now Google's game and it will take a lot of work to even match them , forget about being better.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Only brainwashed S-sheep ( like that ugly ha*lyu, that fouth class software engineer, samsung's trojan horse) willuse it over google assistant." Oh, here is Kumar! Hey, you can't call me a S-sheep, because it infringes on the trademark patent of iSheep! Learn to troll better, as you clearly aren't a smart troll. LMAO

8. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It was a useless and gimmicky feature anyway.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just get me into an S8 Plus, and when Bixby is ready, unleash it.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

it'll have some features available, but not all. The voice part will be available later. For now, the content aggregation will hold me till the full experience is ready. Still:Dick move Samsung. In the future, don't even tell us about it, if it's not ready.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

https://youtu.be/eZQBb9HxMRs It's not as big a deal as we thought.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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