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Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Today the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) now believes that Samsung is developing a voice-activated speaker powered by its virtual assistant Bixby.

Last Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung is aiming to Beat Apple to Market with Gesture Controls for Notebooks, Smartphones and Smart Speaker Device" The first set of patent figures shown below show a possible Bixby smart speaker device that surfaced at US Patent Office last week. Do any of you have a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo? The beta version of Bixby in English was released for some consumers in the USA but the results haven't been satisfactory. The Bixby assistant now can support only Galaxy 8 users in Korea and is yet to enhance the "English voice support".

According to the report, such a device (codenamed "Vega") has been in the works for over a year, and it's still not certain when it will come out.




Samsung's Bixby smart assistant may only just be arriving on the Galaxy S8, but the company is already looking at alternative ways to package it - and take on Apple and Google in the process. The firm originally said the English-language Bixby would be complete - with full voice support - by the Spring, but one source stated that it's unlikely to be ready until the end of July. Apparently, the same software issue is responsible for the delayed rollout of Bixby English language version for the Galaxy S8 lineup.

Samsung launched the Bixby voice preview in a limited release in June, however.

KitGuru Says: Smart speakers are a growing trend at the moment and it doesn't appear to be slowing down.


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