Bixby: Samsung’s Apple’s Siri knockoff delayed again in U.S. as it’s struggling to comprehend English syntax and grammar

“The English-language version of Samsung Electronics Co.’s new voice-activated virtual assistant won’t likely debut in the U.S. until at least late June, according to people familiar with the matter, more than two months after the launch of the South Korean tech giant’s latest high-end smartphone,” Timothy W. Martin reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“Samsung officials had aimed internally for a late May U.S. rollout of Bixby, the Galaxy S8’s artificial-intelligence service, The Wall Street Journal reported in April,” Martin reports. “A company spokesman said at the time that Bixby would be ready in the U.S. by ‘later this spring,’ without specifying a date.”

“But the English-language Bixby is still weeks away from being finished, according to people familiar with the matter, though no ultimate decision has been made on timing. Recent internal tests of the service have revealed the voice-activated assistant is struggling to comprehend English syntax and grammar, one of the people said,” Martin reports. “Samsung has made the feature a selling point of the Galaxy S8, which hit shelves April 21… It dedicated a button on the side of the Galaxy S8 handset to Bixby, while extolling its ‘intelligent interface and contextual awareness.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Press the button and nothing happens. That’s slime bucket Samsung’s idea of an “intelligent interface and contextual awareness.” Via a mechanical button interface, Bixby is intelligently aware of its own nonexistence or something.

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MacDailyNews Take: Yet another among myriad reasons why you should have bought a real iPhone, dummy.

If it’s from a South Korean dishwasher maker, it’s not an iPhone.

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      1. Japanese has been called ‘The Devil’s Language’ because of its complexity.

        But thankfully, these verbal-oriented personal digital assistants only have to comprehend the sounds of language, not the text. – – Well, except they all translate sound into text in order to access and traverse their embedded expert system databases. – – Then they have to translate resulting text back into speech again. – – So never mind! 😉

  1. Seriously? This sounds like baloney to me. Samsung bought Bixby from the Viv Labs, the successor to the company that developed Siri. Viv speaks English already.

    Samsung buys Viv Labs in pursuit of its own AI assistant
    The startup founders also created Siri before Apple was even in the picture.

    Samsung is turning its attention to personal assistants—the company has acquired Viv Labs, a startup founded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer, and Chris Brigham, all of whom were part of the original Siri team that Apple bought in 2010. The three departed Apple shortly after the acquisition to start Viv Labs…

    I call ‘Shenanigans!’. More likely: Samsung screwed up Viv to the point where it’s no longer usable. This delay is a recovery job. Silly ScamScum.

      1. I’m a fanatic of the ‘Comet’ channel. (They play live over the Internet for anyone to watch for free! That’s serious futurism). Comet shows Bill Bixby in ‘The Hulk’ every Saturday night. So don’t feel too dated.

        (And no, I don’t watch ‘The Hulk’. That green wig alone makes me laugh. Who thought that up?!)

  2. I’m not surprised they have a problem. Korean and English are radically different, and English is very heavily dependent on word order.

    I had painted my house before you visited.
    I had my house painted before you visited.

    These eight sentences have different meanings:
    Only she told me that she loved me.
    She only told me that she loved me.
    She told only me that she loved me.
    She told me only that she loved me.
    She told me that only she loved me.
    She told me that she only loved me.
    She told me that she loved only me.
    She told me that she loved me only.

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