WSJ: Galaxy S8 release may be pushed for April, prototypes have AI launch button

WSJ: Galaxy S8 release may be pushed for April, prototypes have AI launch button
Unsurprisingly, there are more rumors about the Galaxy S8's eventual Bixby virtual assistant with artificial intelligence, than there are for the phone's hardware prowess. After all, everyone is betting big on AI, and Samsung doesn't want to get left behind the Google Assistantas, Cortanas, Alexas, or Siris of this world.

That is why it acquired Viv, and, from the looks of it, will even tailor the chassis hardware to accommodate Bixby better by introducing a dedicated button for launching the digital assistant. Yep, that's right, citing the proverbial "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal claims that Samsung is sold on the idea to have a physical button on the S8, with the sole purpose of starting the Bixby butler.

This is certainly a good idea for those moments you don't want to shout at your phone in the metro car looking like a douche, but then you'd still have to talk to it in public, so we'll see how this AI push pans out in the end for the user. Unfortunately, the sources that disclosed to the WSJ that Samsung is toying around with a dedicated AI launch buttons on S8 prototypes, also tipped that the phone might arrive later than usual. In the past few years, Samsung used the day before the MWC expo opens in late February or early March, to introduce its seasonal flagship(s), but now that timeframe may be jumped. 

The insiders have mentioned that Samsung will be trying to iron out all the eventual kinks of the S8, and may unveil it after the MWC, which starts February 27. The push for pre-release quality testing is so strong now, they claim, that Samsung could even announce the phone as late as April, which would be a full month after the S7 release this year. Bummer, but given the Note 7 drama, Samsung is not taking any chances with the first opportunity to redeem itself after that recall fiasco. Until then, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge would have to do for all Samsung loyalists out there.

source: WSJ

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25 Comments

1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Samsung execs to employees: Please don't talk about Galaxy S8. LMAO.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

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2. monoke

Posts: 1156; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Unnecessary. Would much prefer a camera button instead. Or better yet a settings option to map it however u want.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Would much prefer a camera button instead"... Did you mean a dedicated camera button? If so, then why is it a necessity? Volume buttons do the job already.

24. monoke

Posts: 1156; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

2 stage feel to it. Soft press to focus, full to snap. Most volume buttons don't do 2 stage I believe.

12. maherk

Posts: 6769; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The 2nd option seems more convenient, I would love to have an extra button that I can set it the way I want. As for the camera button, I don't think I would want that knowing that double clicking the home button and using volume keys will do the exact same job. And I still can't wrap my head around this whole AI thing, I might be wrong, but I feel this is one of the most overrated features OEMs are chasing, I would gladly like them to spend the money they are wasting on it in other places, like new battery technologies, or maybe better speakers than we already have. And while we are at it, can Samsung please get rid of the heart rate monitor and give us a Xenon + LED flash combo instead?

15. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"As for the camera button, I don't think I would want that knowing that double clicking the home button and using volume keys will do the exact same job" True Why another button for camera.

22. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

"And while we are at it, can Samsung please get rid of the heart rate monitor and give us a Xenon + LED flash combo instead?" ^^^^exactly this^^^^^ It probably won't be that more expensive plus a xenon flash is actually useful. I still haven't figured out what use the heart rate monitor has...

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Another Note 7 reference... Smh

4. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I'd like to see a dedicated camera button as well. It makes shooting much more fun.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Volume buttons aren't any less of that "fun", no?

10. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

A real dedicated camera button (like on the Xperia's) is more convenient to launch the camera and you can also focus with a two-stage camera button.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You keep repeating the same thing, and it sounds equally as dumb. When you can set the camera app to make any button on your phone, a dedicated camera button, why would you need yet another button? The phone is designed to be minimalist as possible. More buttons is stupid. if you want a phone with a dedicated button, get a Lumia or some other brand. Obviously being able to map a button to do what you want, isn't good enough for you!

21. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Take it easy Techie! I just gave some arguments why I like a dedicated camera button. That's all. But you still don't understand that you can also focus manually with a two staged button, something you can't do with let's say a volume button. Plus, launching the camera with a dedicated camera button is still the most convenient way (at least for me) as every other button serves at least one other purpose. Plus, the dedicated camera button is right where my index finger is when I have my phone in a stable grip. Don't let this text raise your blood pressure, Techie, it's just my opinion. I now use a phone without a dedicated camera button and I miss it, but it's not a big deal breaker for me, just a nice extra to have. Oh, and nice racing bicylcle btw.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes. But you have a dedicated camera button. You can make the the volume buttons yoru dedicated camera button, for anytime after the camera app is open. Samsung at the least has made using the camera faster and very straight forward. By having the camera always running in the background, so a quick double tab and you're in and it focus' fast too. Once focus, the button you picked is ready for your input. DONE! We don't need useless buttons. In fact, I would vote to remove all buttons from the phone except a small power button. Things like volume should be voice activated. Just speak volume up or volume down as the phone should always be listening for commends. Snapping pics can be voice too. Because with these new assistants, we know that is where they are headed. Since we have touch screen device, there should be a "desktop" on your phone. a bar you can slide out with manual controls for volume and similar. Many electronics have dropped all their buttons. Consoles have one button. My TV has one button. My stereo has one button. Let's go buttonless!

25. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

I've always wanted a touch sensitive volume control...that is activated when there's an incoming call even if the phone was locked... Otherwise unsensitive when the phone is locked.

13. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

See because it's a "volume button" it doesn't fee or sound right for the idiots. They both do the same thing plus there are so many easier ways to take a pic..smh

7. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Unless they go back to a removable battery I will never own another Samsung phone.....

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

No button. Wait. A button. No button. Wait. A button. Come on SamsungArena. Wait till something is more legit before announcing. So a dedicated assistant button?

14. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL Samsungarena LOL You mean iphonearena

9. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I don't mind. As long as Samsung bake the s8 well, then i'll wait.

16. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 147; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

In other words, Samsung to first wait for the iPhone X mock ups/renderings and main design details to leak which usually happens around Jan - March before they are confident to finalize the design of their phone.

17. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Forget AI for now, make display integrated fingerprint reader and app + Samsung pay payments...

18. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

I feel like samsung should integrate it's feature into a different os like tizen. Android is holding them back from putting out more.

19. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This AI crap is nothing more than enhanced queries and search strings.... I saw the Viv TechCrunch video...Siri already requests Uber through voice commands...

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