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Galaxy S8 to feature a dedicated AI button, but may be delayed until April

We’ve previously reported that Samsung is working on a Siri-like virtual assistant (AI) for its next-generation Galaxy S smartphones. However, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the firm is considering adding a dedicated button for the service to next year’s Galaxy S8.

“The latest internal prototypes of the premium Galaxy S8 handset include a button on the side edge of the smartphone that would be used to launch a beefed-up virtual assistant,” revealed the WSJ in a post published on its website on Monday, November 7.

This news comes shortly after Samsung’s Executive VP Rhee Injong confirmed that the South Korean company is putting its recent acquisition of Siri-maker Viv Labs to good use by developing its own assistant that will play nice with its home appliances and wearables.

Unfortunately, it looks like fans may have to wait a little longer than expected to get their hands on Samsung’s next flagship smartphone as it’ll reportedly conduct more thorough tests on the Galaxy S8 to ensure that it’s not destined for the same fate as the now-recalled Galaxy Note 7.

The WSJ believes that the Galaxy S8’s unveiling could come as late as April 2017, which is two months later than previously thought.

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Reshock
Reshock

Sounds like the old push to talk button for a service most people didn’t use. Makes sense, take out things that most owners use and replace with something that surveys say a considerably larger percentage of them do not use. Then get them to pay for it, OK?

maccyb
maccyb

Better a couple of months later and getting it right.

xpinternetsolutions
xpinternetsolutions

VIV is NOT Siri like. It’s a big steap ahead of SIRI. Siri is NOT Artificial Intelligent. VIV on the contrary is Artificial Intelligent in every aspect. VIV is what SIRI could have been.

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

So perhaps no home button you use almost every hour, but a button for something you perhaps use once a year? Yeah, great design choice…

Khlad
Khlad

No we don’t need a button only for the AI assistant. Many people don’t use AI assistant and the button become useless for them. Buttons should only be for important things (sound, and turn off/on), not gimmicky stuff.
Make another solution, maybe a gesture on the off-screen to turn on AI assistant, or just by your voice.

gtone339
gtone339

Exactly! May not use this feature often! I don’t even bother using Google Voice often either!

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

That makes sense, I guess a button press as well as voice activation will be a nice way to use it. Probably be easier to launch when the phone is locked too. Really irritating that “Okay Google” rarely works when the phone is locked/screen is off.

roadrunner747
roadrunner747

As the owner of a Galaxy s7 edge i hate samsung for the stupid choice of 32gb ram … i have to keep deleting stuff. and i also have a 128gb sd… but what can u do that most apps can only be installed on phone ram, and phone ram is much faster….why no choice for ppl who need more????

deardevil
deardevil

You joking right?? There’s a 64gb version. You didn’t buy I don’t know why but it’s on sale check on Amazon.

friss
friss

There is NO 64GB version for Asia Countries for S7 and S7 Edge, only S.Korea have it. In America wise i am not sure though.

Although we only have the base 32GB variant, we have more colours to choose from.
1. Silver Titanium
2. Gold Platinum
3. Black Onyx
4. Pink Gold
5. Pearl White (Not available in Asia except S.Korea)
6. Pink (Not available in Asia except S.Korea)
7. Blue Coral (Only available in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan as of now)

My S7 Edge in blue is coming as i opt for the exchange from my Black Note7.

aabiskar
aabiskar

ROM*