Samsung is reportedly developing its own Bixby-powered smart speaker

Samsung has reportedly begun producing its own smart wireless speaker that would be powered by its own artificial intelligence, Bixby.

We covered a report early in 2016 that first detailed that Samsung had plans to debut its own Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor dubbed Scoop, and now the Wall Street Journal reports that the South Korean marque is preparing to release a new smart speaker powered by Bixby, the artificial intelligence that arrived with the Galaxy S8.
The news is somewhat humorous in the sense that by and large, Bixby has not yet inherited the ability to speak; Samsung has reportedly been facing difficulty in gearing its intelligent assistant to embrace the English language.
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The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung’s smart speaker project is codenamed ‘Vega’, and is apparently a year in the making. The leap to producing a smart speaker might well be a natural venue for the company given its sizeable speaker and home entertainment system portfolio.
The entry would be Samsung’s proposition to counter not only Amazon’s Echo units and Google Home, but further Apple’s newly announced HomePod. It remains to be seen, however, how the company will move to position its speaker; while Echo and Home respectively represent intelligent speaker systems, Apple’s HomePod has alternatively been positioned as a gateway to Apple Music with Siri aboard.
The product has not yet received a launch timetable, which has been attributed to the fact that Bixby’s Voice service has yet to officially debut. Given the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition will soon adopt the assistant, we may see the speaker arrive sooner rather than later.
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