Samsung says the Galaxy S8 will launch without Bixby Voice

Samsung Electronics regained the top position in the global smartphone market in the first quarter of the year, even before the release of its latest flagship Galaxy S8.

Tech Crunch reported that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will delay its English version (meant for the western users) of Bixby voice assistant.

Bixby enters a crowded field of digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon's Alexa. While other key features of the artificial intelligent assistant will be available such as vision, home, and reminder, the voice-enabled service will be absent until this spring, and only for those in the U.S.

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Korean news outlet ETNews said Wednesday the new smartphone, code named "Project Valley", features two separate screens and can be folded in half.

Here, though, Samsung mostly wants Bixby to make navigating its phones less complicated.

The company had earlier said Bixby's function would integrate with Samsung's native apps such as camera, contacts, Gallery, Messages, settings and support more apps from Samsung as well as third-party apps in future. Also, you'll be able to set reminders.

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Bixby was introduced at Samsung's unveiling of Galaxy S8 smartphone.

Samsung added: "When an application becomes Bixby-enabled, Bixby will be able to support nearly every task that the application is capable of performing using the conventional interface (i.e. touch commands)".

The new smartphones have been proving a hit with Australians, with Samsung reporting they are selling more than the troubled predecessor Galaxy 7 by a rate of "double-digit percentage points". The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are backed up by a 3000mAh and 3500mAh battery respectively.

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