Samsung is Developing a Smart Speaker Using 'Bixby' Virtual Assistant

Samsung is developing a voice-activated smart speaker to rival the likes of the Amazon Echo and Apple's forthcoming HomePod, according to a report published on Tuesday.

The project, internally codenamed "Vega", will be based on Samsung's Bixby virtual assistant, but many of the speaker's features and specifications have yet to be decided, according to sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal. Development is said to have been going on for more than a year but has reportedly been hampered by delays to Bixby itself.

Apple's HomePod, set for release this December.

The company's Siri rival was first announced in March ahead of the debut of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, but an English-language version of the assistant has yet to make it into Samsung's phones because of performance issues. Samsung now says Bixby is unlikely to be fully introduced before the second half of July.

The connected speaker market has seen rapid growth over the last few years. Amazon released its Echo range of speakers in 2014, before the Google Home appeared a year later. Since then, Microsoft has opened up its Cortana assistant for use in third-party speakers, while just last month Apple announced it Siri-powered HomePod will be available by the end of the year.

Amazon's Echo commands more than 70 percent of the U.S. market for connected speakers, with the Google Home capturing around 24 percent, according to eMarketer, a research firm. The number of Americans using voice-activated speakers will reach about 36 million this year, said eMarketer, double last year's figure.

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15 months ago
Samsung fires up the old photocopier.
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15 months ago

Look we can do the same thing as everyone else.


Samsung fires up the old photocopier.


Copy cats


Did you all say the same when Apple announced their smart speaker?
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15 months ago

Samsung fires up the old photocopier.

Right, and the Amazon version was out before the Apple version so does that mean that Apple copied Amazon and Samsung copied both?
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15 months ago

No because amazon doesn’t use Alexa in their speaker so yea


Uh, yeah they do?
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15 months ago
Look we can do the same thing as everyone else.
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15 months ago
The problem with this is that when Bixby gets frustrated it becomes Ferrigno
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15 months ago
Of course, it's the Samsung (manufacturer of speakers of all kinds for decades) who is copying. The only "true innovator" is Apple - "perfecting" offers from Amazon and Google.

This religious attitude is absolutely pathetic.
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15 months ago
Imagine if a company with Samsung's resources had its own ideas and innovation. It could be a truly game changing company leading to a more interesting world. Instead we get a facsimile of other company's products and Samsung willing to pay fines after years spent in court.
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15 months ago
Copy cats
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15 months ago

Look we can do the same thing as everyone else.


Samsung fires up the old photocopier.


Copy cats


Imagine if a company with Samsung's resources had its own ideas and innovation. It could be a truly game changing company leading to a more interesting world. Instead we get a facsimile of other company's products and Samsung willing to pay fines after years spent in court.


No because amazon doesn’t use Alexa in their speaker so yea


Of course.

Fast copier copies fast.
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It's amazing they have the skills to copy everything, and do decently well, but not the creative talent to do major new things first and well.


So, what flavor was the Kool-aid?
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