Samsung Confirms Work On Smart Home Speaker To Rival Amazon Echo

Samsung Confirms Work On Smart Home Speaker To Rival Amazon Echo

Samsung Confirms Work On Smart Home Speaker To Rival Amazon Echo

The WSJ reported in July that Samsung was developing a voice-activated speaker powered by its digital assistant Bixby. While Bixby suffered a delayed rollout and only formally launched earlier this summer, the assistant is slated to roll out globally soon.

The smart speaker space is about to get a lot more crowded. In South Korea, Bixby has over 1.3 million users and has carried out more than 250 million tasks through voice commands. Samsung had to admit that there was lacuna in the coordination between the 200-strong technical team based out of United States and the one back in South Korea.

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Confirmation of a smart speaker by Samsung follows months of speculation on the matter, beginning in May when Samsung filed a design patent with the USA government for an audio device with a visual display. Issues for Bixby included the difficulty translating Bixby into languages besides English and the program's lack of accumulated user experience compared to older assistant programs like Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. Samsung mobile division president DJ Koh confirmed that the company is working on its own smart home speaker. Support for other languages, devices, and third-party apps are expected to expand over time, Samsung added. I am already working on it. It didn't take long before another report said that Samsung might not be making a smart speaker after all.

Now that Koh has spilt the beans himself, it should be noted that Samsung is going to step into a market that is pre-dominated by Google and Amazon.

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