Samsung's Bixby won't say hello to you until later this spring

"Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21", the statement said. The company has planned to release the smartphone on April 21st, but before the launch, the South Korean giant has clarified that the key features of the Bixby assistant i.e.

Some features of the smart assistant will be available upon launch, like its augmented reality features, making suggestions on apps to use based on location, time of day and learning habits over time.

The company has refused to comment on why the voice command has been delayed. One of the main focus during Samsung's Unpacked event for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus last month was its own virtual assistant called Bixby.

However, some of the apps created to work with Bixby will still feature on the phone including Vision, which lets you point a camera at objects in the real world to use augmented reality and see information on your phone screen.

When the Galaxy S8 was announced, Samsung had warned Bixby wouldn't support all languages immediately, but no reason why was provided.

Samsung will also enable the new Home panel and the ability to set reminders via Bixby.

Bixby is content aware meaning that, provided you are within a compatible app, users can refer directly to items on-screen.

"Anything you can do with touch, you can do with voice", Samsung representatives summed-up the feature.

In a statement to CNBC, Samsung said the voice portion of the virtual assistant will be available to stateside customers only in spring, likely following a software update.

Samsung told that the feature will be pushed-out to UK Galaxy S8 owners later this year.

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