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Samsung Holds Off Galaxy S8 Bixby AI Perks, Current Remapping Limits Task Possibilities

Apr 19, 2017 02:57 AM EDT

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The Samsung Galaxy S8/ S8+ is all set to come out on April 21 though one of the hyped features may disappoint a bit. This is with reference to the Bixby AI assistant, one that was supposed to make life easier for users.

Bixby is similar to Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. For those who have tried out those features, their goal was to aid individuals on certain tasks doable on their phone. Sadly, the Samsung Galaxy S8/ S8+ will not be able to do the same – at least for now with the Korean giant believed to be working on perfecting the AI ecosystem, ZDNet reported.

Samsung had already informed folks before that Bixby will not launch with voice support. Now, the word out is that Samsung has blocked the ability to remap the Bixby hardware button through a firmware update, XDA Developers reported. Samsung representatives are clueless on what lies ahead as far as remapping the button is concerned. Hence, eventual owners will have to wait and see if they will ever get the chance to interact with Bixby in the same way Siri does with Apple.

 With the imminent release of the Samsung Galaxy S8, a special update could instantly change all that. But right now, it seems far from being a reality with Bixby still in the beta phases. It could be a different story for future devices. The first thing that comes to mind is, of course, the redeem phablet – the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Considering the build Samsung did for Bixby, these recent developments are a big disappointment for those who expected too much. There could be problems on Samsung’s end, a viable reason why remapping has been disabled.

Regardless, the use of the Bixby AI for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ may not hamper the attention for the latest flagships. It does come with several new features, hopefully enough to set Samsung back on track after the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle.

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