Samsung is working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker

Posted August 24, 2017

Patently Apple posted a report on July 05 titled "Samsung to launch their new Smart Speaker Device with "Bixby" at CES 2018 in a Familiar Form Factor".

Speaking with CNBC at the Galaxy Note 8 unveiling event, Samsung's Mobile President, DJ Koh, confirmed that the company is indeed working on a smart speaker and that it may be coming soon. That timeline isn't specific, but at least it's something. Bixby's deep integration is also built into the smartphone settings; plus, it also understands the way users actually speak, ask questions and make requests. From this perspective also, Samsung needs to quickly scale up the capabilities of Bixby.

We've heard before that Samsung is working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker, but for the first time, it's official. We think making a smart speaker to showcase Bixby seems like the logical next step for Samsung. That's fine when Bixby is a non-essential feature on a phone, but it's another story for a speaker, where it would be the star attraction.

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Samsung will look to try and claim some of the market that is already dominated by the likes of Google Home and the Amazon Echo.

With smart home tech and the Internet of Things, users can perform tasks like controlling lights or their home TVs.

For consumers, Samsung is no stranger to launching proprietary services or products that cover similar territory to competitors and the Vega falls into a similar mold. At the moment, Bixby's voice functionality is only available in English and Korean. Upcoming products include models from Microsoft and Harman Kardon that feature its Cortana virtual assistant and the Siri-powered Apple HomePod.