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".

Samsung announced the Galaxy S8 phone towards the end of March, so we can assume that the S9 will be out around the same date next year. Hopefully, Bixby will help but looks like there will be another delay as the feature will not be fully available at launch.

Powering both phones is Samsung's new 10-nanometer Exynos 8895 octa-core processor, which the company says is considerably faster than the one used in the Galaxy S7, and 4GB of RAM. 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.

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 is so incredible that all the royal fans can do is air complains about the misaligned USB-C ports and the speaker holes.

These are more than mere cosmetic differences too, with the images have revealed that the Galaxy S8 nearly featured an impressive dual-lens primary camera.

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. Therefore, Samsung has been forcefully motivated to recover quickly and prove to the world that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 episode was a one-time mistake. The rollout of the tech giant's first high-end smartphone since the debacle over its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 is being closely watched.

While the phone continues to use the same single 12MP camera setup from previous year, a new multi-frame processor has been incorporated to assist with image processing.

Samsung added: "When an application becomes Bixby-enabled, Bixby will be able to support nearly every task that the application is capable of performing using the conventional interface (i.e. touch commands)".

What they hadn't seen were the out-takes in which the virtual assistant had failed at some of the limited tasks we were allowed to demo.

Samsung has long cherished the idea of making a phone with a completely foldable display, even going so far as to produce a (terrible) concept ad for the non-existent product.