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Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch worldwide on April 21st 2017.
However, the hotly-anticipated smartphone will be missing one of its key new features.
Samsung's voice-assistant Bixby will not ship with any of its voice control functionality at launch.
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.
Samsung confirmed that voice control would not be ready in time for the Galaxy S8 launch in a statement to The Verge.
The company did not give an explanation for the delay.
In a statement to the technology blog, the South Korean company said: "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 US on the Galaxy S8 later this spring."
Samsung Galaxy S8 release date is right around the corner, but sadly there will be a missing feature
Those who have pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S8 ready for its international launch on April 21st will be able to take advantage of Bixby’s augmented reality camera feature – dubbed Bixby Vision.
This allows smartphone owners to scan real-world elements, including book covers, landmarks, and more, to search the internet for similar items, additional information on whatever you're looking at, or shopping results.
Samsung will also enable the new Home panel and the ability to set reminders via Bixby.
But that's about it.
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Bixby was one of the flagship new differentiators for the Galaxy S8.
Samsung proudly touted the new smart assistant during the launch of the new smartphone.
Bixby integrates with a number Samsung's own native apps, including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with more set to debut later this year (as well as third-party integration).
Bixby is content aware meaning that, provided you are within a compatible app, users can refer directly to items on-screen.
Commands like "make a folder with these photos," or "what is this" will work with the new assistant – unlike some of its main rivals.
“Anything you can do with touch, you can do with voice,” Samsung representatives summed-up the feature.
At launch, Bixby will be available in the United States (albeit without the ability to use voice commands) and South Korea.
Samsung told Express.co.uk that the feature will be pushed-out to UK Galaxy S8 owners later this year.