Last Friday Samsung issued a new update regarding their Bixby artificial intelligence/personal assistant software that is currently a Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ only feature. The good news, if you are willing to test things on behalf of a manufacturer, is Samsung is offering users an option to sign up for early access to test Bixby’s voice commands. The bad news is this move clearly reveals even more delays for Samsung in releasing a fully-baked Bixby product to the U.S. market.
Earlier this month a report from the Wall Street Journal indicated Samsung expected to release the updated Bixby, including the voice command features, by late June. With the official start of summer only days away, Samsung is no longer on track to meet their target of a “spring” release. Had they made a June release date, most U.S. consumers probably would have deemed the release as being close enough.
Samsung’s announcement says the early preview test will “launch in the near future.” That may or may not occur in June. Depending on how long Samsung holds the early preview in a testing phase, we could be looking at a final release being later this summer.
According to previous reports, Samsung has been struggling to get the Bixby software to recognize and process English language commands. Some sources have also reported that early builds had trouble doing things like beaming video from a Galaxy S8 to a smart TV.
If you own a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ and want to participate in the early access program, hit the source link below for more information on the sign up process.