Key Samsung Galaxy S8 feature pulled days ahead of launch

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 might be just days away from hitting retailers’ shelves, but the Korean manufacturer has just pulled one of the phone’s key new features.

While us Brits had already been told full support for the company’s new Siri-rivalling digital assistant Bixby would not be available at launch, users in the US and Samsung’s native Korea had been promised full day-one access.

Now, however, Samsung has delayed the Bixby release, saying the platform’s voice functionality will not drop until “later this spring”.

While the digital PA will still offer basic Vision, Home and Reminder functionality, you won’t actually be able to talk to the assistant for some time.

Although Bixby has been hit by delays, early S8 adopters will still be able to enjoy Siri alternatives, with the Android 7.0 enabled Google Assistant onboard.

Related: What is Bixby? Samsung’s new AI assistant explained


galaxys8 11“With its intelligent interface and contextual awareness, Bixby will make your phone more helpful by assisting in completing tasks, telling you what you’re looking at, learning your routine and remembering what you need to do,” Samsung said in an official statement.

Delivering the bad news, the manufacturer added: “Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21. Bixby Voice will be available in the U.S. on the Galaxy S8 later this spring.”

Samsung has yet to detail the reason for the delay.

Bixby aside, the Galaxy S8 is shaping up as one of the phones of 2017. It features a stunning 5.8-inch curved QHD display, with the panel dominating the phone’s front after the physical home button was scrapped.

This near edge-to-edge display gives the phone a striking, futuristic look that’s offset by a sleek metal frame and a stunning glass rear.

Under the hood a new octa-core processor runs the show alongside 4GB of RAM while a 12-megapixel primary camera and 8-megapixel selfie shooter handle the imaging options.

Set to hit UK stores on April 28, the Galaxy S8 will hit wannabe owners for a lofty £689.


Will a lack of Bixby stop you buying the S8? Let us know in the comments below.


LG G6 to get 3D face-scanning tech this June

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The LG G6 was the first of the big new flagships to launch this year, and though it doesn’t come with all the features of the Galaxy S8, it could be getting one of them in the near future.

A new report from The Investor claims LG will update its latest handset in June to add a 3D facial recognition feature.

The report states LG has formed a partnership with facial recognition solutions firm Oez – the company that developed OezFR software.

LG is said to have chosen Oez as the company’s software takes up little storage and can be applied to other LG handsets such as the V20 and G5.

So, if the report is accurate, it seems we could see the face-scanning feature coming to multiple devices in the future.

The facial recognition’s reported June launch has apparently been scheduled to coincide with the launch of LG Pay – the company’s mobile payments service.

According to The Investor, a source told local news outlet News Prime: “Should LG utilize OezFR to support the payment system, it will be the first time for a facial recognition system to be used for financial transactions in the premium smartphone sector.”

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The software will apparently come with security features designed to “prevent hacking attempts with pictures.”

LG’s latest handset launched in February, and while it has a similar, almost full-face screen to the Galaxy S8, it missed out on the latest processor and other features such as iris scanning.

But if the report is accurate, it seems LG is doing all it can to add extra functionality to the G6, with Apple also said to be considering facial recognition tech for the iPhone 8.

There’s been no official word from LG on the latest report, so take it all with a pinch of salt. But there should be more information available soon, so check back for more in the coming weeks.
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