Samsung is reportedly building a foldable smartphone prototype with 2 screens

Samsung made a big song and dance about its virtual assistant Bixby when it had announced the Galaxy S8 last month.

The Siri and Alexa competitor - which has its own dedicated button on the side of the phone - will gain the feature via a software update latter this spring. It did not explain why Bixby voice support in the U.S. has been delayed, but Axios noted that in a series of media demos, the assistant "failed to work properly".

Over just two days last week, Samsung received 550,000 pre-orders for its new Galaxy S8 smartphone, which is set to hit the USA market on April 21.

Speaking to Silicon, a Samsung spokesperson said: "All Bixby functionality, bar the Voice Function, will be available to United Kingdom customers at launch". While most of Bixby's functions resemble those of the Google Assistant, the former had a few aces up its sleeve that give it a unique identity to some extent.

SAMSUNG has ditched one of its flagship smartphone's most anticipated features just days ahead of its release date.

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

This is one of the most important and useful addition to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Surfaced via SamMobile, the leaked prototype images actually cover the 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S8+ rather than the standard, 5.8-inch Galaxy S8.

As a result, TrendForce predicts that Samsung will post flat growth for 2017, drastically falling short of the sales it had hoped for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. As reported by BGR, Apple might not have found a way to go quite as far as Samsung did with its new design.

The smartphones, which impressed pundits at launch, have been seen as a way for Samsung to come back from the Note 7 exploding battery debacle - 2.5 million devices were recalled.

But delaying Bixby Voice may be a sign the company learned from the Note 7 crisis.

In order to offer the in-home support, Samsung has teamed with both HelloTech and Dish.

  • Latoya Cobb