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Samsung is working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker

05 July 2017, 12:36 | Gina Pena

Samsung's Bixby-powered speaker is on its way

Samsung reportedly developing a voice-activated speaker similar to Amazon Echo

The Korean giant is working on a standalone Bixby speaker geared with its voice-activated Bixby assistant for carrying out a variety of tasks. Do any of you have a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo?

Remember, Samsung was supposed to launch a full version of Bixby's voice features in the USA by springtime, but that obviously didn't happen.

This particular project of Samsung is internally code-named "Vega" and it's powered by proprietary Bixby virtual assistant.

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The scribe reports that Samsung has been working on this device for over a year but many of its features and specifications still haven't been locked down. The company had previously promised that the English version would be released in May.

A Samsung speaker would enter into an already saturated market of voice-activated speakers, with Amazon's Echo leading the race, capturing more than 70 percent of the USA market for the speakers, according to market-research firm eMarketer. These are just the existing players, the rest of the competition would be coming with Microsoft's Cortana-based speaker that would launch in the fall, this year. Current Galaxy S8 owners in some regions can use Bixby, but with very limited functionality, and notably an absence of voice control functionality. It has come to the news that Bixby is stumbling with grammatical issues and nuances of the English language.

The Bixby assistant, which was launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 range, is still awaiting a full roll out in the United Kingdom and the US. Until then, the Bixby speaker seems like a far-fetched reality for Samsung. Would you prefer it over existing smart home speakers like Amazon's Echo and Google Home?



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