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Samsung Confirms Work on Speaker to Compete With Apple HomePod and Amazon Echo

Samsung is indeed working on a smart speaker that will be introduced in the near future, Samsung mobile president DJ Koh told CNBC this morning.

"Maybe soon we will announce it. I am already working on it," he said in an interview following the Galaxy Note 8 launch.

Koh went on to say he wants to "provide a fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices." "I want to be moving quite heavily on it," he added.

Apple's HomePod

Koh declined to provide additional details about the company's upcoming smart speaker, but a previous report suggests it will be built around Samsung's Bixby virtual assistant. The speaker has been in development for more than a year, but has been hampered by problems with Bixby.

Samsung initially had to delay Bixby's introduction in the English language version of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ due to performance issues, with the functionality being added to the devices just a month ago in in July.

There's no specific launch date for the Samsung speaker, but with Apple planning to debut its own HomePod in December, Samsung's competing device is unlikely to be too far behind. In July, Samsung's speaker was said to still be in early development, with several features and specifications yet to be hammered out.

Apple's HomePod focuses heavily on speaker quality as a way to distinguish itself from competitors like the Amazon Echo. It features a 7 tweeter array, an Apple-designed 4-inch upward-facing woofer, and an A8 chip that powers robust spatial awareness functionality.

It also includes touch controls for navigation, six microphones, built-in Apple Music support, and Siri integration.

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28 months ago
well there's a shocker.
Rating: 42 Votes
28 months ago
What do they do ? Copy everything ?
Rating: 31 Votes
28 months ago

What do they do ? Copy everything ?

Yes. Henceforth, they shall be called Samesung.
Rating: 19 Votes
28 months ago

What do they do ? Copy everything ?

You mean the way they're copying Apple copying Amazon?
Rating: 18 Votes
28 months ago

What do they do ? Copy everything ?

I didn't know Apple made washing machines and submarines.
Rating: 15 Votes
28 months ago

What do they do ? Copy everything ?

You mean the way Apple also created the HomePod to compete with the Echo?
Rating: 12 Votes
28 months ago

Galaxy C5 “Pink Gold”

Making sure that if someone wants a popular color combination, they can have it without going to the competition, is common company behavior.

Apple did the same thing with the Apple Watch. Samsung had already done a pink gold watch with white strap a few months before Apple even revealed their watch. Should Apple have not offered the same color combination simply because Samsung did one first? Of course not.

Ditto for colors on the iPhone 5C. Xiaomi was killing it in China selling colorful phones six months before Apple's 5C was ever revealed. Should Apple have ditched the 5C colors just because Xiaomi was already selling such? Of course not.

Hopefully you're not also shocked that shirt and car makers commonly copy each other's colors and styles! :eek:

They even use the AW in their smart watch parents.

They showed several target devices as examples in that patent's illustrations, which was about making smart watchbands that could attach to various brands and shapes, IIRC.

Speaking of smartwatches, Samsung patented a smartwatch rotating bezel and digital crown almost a year before even the iPhone came out, much less the Apple Watch eight years later.

Trial was won but with low damages awarded. Sasmsung just did a calculation: profit > damages.

That's what Apple does when they refuse to pay patent royalties for years, figuring they can get the price down via litigation.

Rating: 11 Votes
28 months ago
Am I alone in saying these types of home devices just don't do it for me?
Rating: 11 Votes
28 months ago
CNBC: "Is Samsung making _______?"

DJ Koh: "Is Apple making _______?"

CNBC: "I see what you did there."
Rating: 10 Votes
28 months ago

One word.


You forgot One word... Bought SIRI.
Rating: 10 Votes

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