Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby still not ready for launch
Samsung’s newly developed virtual assistant Bixby, has been delayed again due to its difficulties in understanding and learning English.
The program is supposed to be able to execute 15,000 different tasks, use augmented reality to aid its owner in navigation and learn from app usage. However, it seems that learning and speaking English language is still too much of a task for the AI assistant, so its launch date has been pushed back yet again.
“Developing Bixby in other languages is taking more time than we expected mainly because of the lack of accumulation of big data,” a Samsung spokesperson said in a statement to the Korea Herald.
Samsung has been hyping the power of Bixby since it was first formally announced in conjunction with the company’s Galaxy S8 phone in the spring. No one has been able to fully prove it’s better than Siri, Cortana, or Google Assistant for the simple reason that almost no one has been able to use the technology to the fullest.
Even though the program is still a flawed product, Samsung reportedly has big plans to port the AI to other devices. Samsung is allegedly working on a smart speaker, similar to Amazon’s Echo, that is powered by Bixby, according to the Wall Street Journal. Samsung is also adding Bixby to the Family Hub refrigerator.
Samsung has yet to announce an official date for wide release in the United States, but the WSJ claims it’ll be by the end of the month. Samsung has not yet commented on the matter, but it is expected to host a separate media conference for the occasion.
Samsung’s Bixby speaker might not even be the first voice assistant box the company makes. Its Harmon Kardon division is launching the “Invoke” speaker this fall for Microsoft, but that device will feature Cortana and not Bixby.