There isn’t any concrete information available on when Samsung would launch its all-important Bixby AI feature — the Bixby Voice. Although the South Korean tech firm has started testing the feature in select parts of the world, several reports have mentioned that Bixby Voice still needs refinement. However, Samsung seems to be ready with the particular feature, which was touted as one of the highlights of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ smartphones. The Bixby voice assistant is the South Korean smartphone brand’s answer to Microsoft Cortana and Apple Siri.
A user on Reddit, who claims to be a Samsung insider, has posted an image on the discussion forum showing what looks like a title of an email being sent to company employees. The image shows the launch date of Bixby Voice along with an invite for a webinar, so that the staffers can be trained before handling any customer support.
“Bixby Voice Launch Tuesday, 7/18” says the text, clearly giving out the date of rollout. “The long awaited Bixby Voice launches Tuesday, 7/18. Below are a few tasks we need to complete to ensure we are retail ready,” says a line below the title.
Last month Samsung opened its doors for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users to pre-test Bixby Voice. It launched the feature back in May in South Korea. The Bixby Voice feature, as per recent reports, has been facing a couple of issues. The feature was initially said to be delayed because Samsung engineers were facing problems with English language. Later, it was mentioned that the feature required more data for optimum performance.
There’s a dedicated button in both the smartphones to power the artificial intelligence-powered feature. The Bixby voice assistant is integrated with Samsung’s native applications including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings. The assistant also has contextual awareness capabilities to offer personalized users help.