Samsung won’t be launching Bixby Voice in English anytime soon

- Adrian Ungureanu

Even though Samsung said it’ll give Bixby the ability to talk in English starting with May, that thing never happened. We’re already in July and in seems that the English version of Bixby Voice won’t be available anytime soon.

The English version of Samsung’ voice-assistant service Bixby has been delayed because the firm lacks the accumulation of big data, which is key to deep learning technology, according to a Samsung spokesperson.

“Developing Bixby in other languages is taking more time than we expected mainly because of the lack of the accumulation of big data,” a Samsung spokesperson told The Korea Herald.

Big data is key to deep learning technology, which learns and evolves based on the accumulation of data. The hardware giant jumped into the big data market later than internet and tech giants Google, Amazon and Apple.

Another reason behind the delay is the communication between the engineers located at Samsung Research America in California and the headquarters in Korea.

“Many engineers in the US are making full efforts to develop the English version. But, (due to geographical and language barriers) their frequent reports to and communication with the management located in Korea makes the progress much slower than developing the Korean version here,” said a source on the condition of anonymity.

Industry watchers predicted that the English version of Bixby will be unveiled in fall at the latest. Samsung already launched the beta test for the version for some US consumers in June.

There were mixed responses among the US consumers toward the beta test due to some unsatisfactory results in terms of responding to requests and questions, Samsung said.