Samsung is reportedly gearing up for Bixby Voice global release but there have been no signs. Several Samsung device owners have been disappointed by the South Korean tech giant's silence recently since its plans for Bixby Voice has remained blurred before the customers.
Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge owners outside the US and South Korea have not yet taken hold of Bixby Voice in its form. Six months after the flagship smartphones' debut, the manufacturer cannot even confirm until now when the intelligent voice assistant is coming.
Samsung has a laundry list of reasons why it should clean up its mess. Here are just a few of them:
Bad button placement
Since Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge, it was met by a wave of backlash, particularly due to the placement of the Bixby button. Positioning it right below the volume rocker is not a good decision, more so the button is not yet in function.Accidentally pressing the Bixby button launches the virtual Bixby home. If the company is gunning to deliver the feature on the Galaxy Note 8, it should consider redesigning the button.
Accidentally pressing the Bixby button launches the virtual Bixby home, and for many device owners, it means nothing. If the company is gunning to deliver the feature on the Galaxy Note 8, it should consider remapping the button.
No disable button
Currently, the button is only fully functional on devices in the US and South Korea. If Samsung intended to release Bixby Voice later than expected, it should have provided users the option to disable it so avoid the annoying launch of Bixby home when unintentionally pressed.
Device owners outside of the US and South Korea have been disappointed by the sluggish rollout of Bixby Voice. When Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge, users were promised to get Bixby Voice, which was hyped to be very intelligent and skilled.
Six months after the flagship phones were released, that same very intelligent and skilled voice assistant is still nowhere to be found. Samsung should have been honest to announce that Bixby Voice was not ready to hit the market within that span of time.
That being said, Samsung seems to repeat its mistake in misleading buyers in the next couple of weeks as it is gearing up for another flagship device. The Galaxy Note 8 has been hyped to have Bixby Voice as a major feature. However, not all owners can take hold of the voice assistant at launch.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge owners are dismayed to have been left groping in the dark. Samsung could have been clear, at least, with its roadmap for Bixby Voice.