Samsung wants to keep you locked in the Bixby AI ecosystem in its fight against Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and others.
And Bixby won’t work at all during launch. I’m actually not so very happy with Samsung deciding to ditch the hardware buttons, so not being able to remap at all sucks. Time to start looking for a new smartphone manufacturer: my S6 edge + wasn’t particularly great either. It’s battery life is half of what it was, the screen glass is cracked (and not repairable, even though the underlying LEDs are all fine) and the camera broke and had to be repaired. Not particularly impressive for a flagship phone.