Report: Bixby powered Samsung smart speaker to launch in the first half of next year

Report: Bixby powered Samsung smart speaker to launch in the first half of next year
Amazon's category creating Amazon Echo first was offered widely in the U.S. during the summer of 2015. Since then, the combination of a speaker and a virtual assistant has become such a big hit that almost every major consumer tech company has developed a smart speaker of its own. Google has Google Home featuring Google Assistant, and the Microsoft Invoke is equipped with Cortana. The Apple HomePod, now expected to launch early next year, carries Siri, and Sony's smart speaker will come with Google Assistant.

Earlier this year, there was a rumor that Samsung was going to produce a smart speaker of its own, using Bixby as the virtual assistant. Samsung first denied the rumor, and then did a 180 degree change of face. Today, a report published by Bloomberg said that Samsung is indeed planning on manufacturing its own smart speaker, and will launch it in the first half of next year.

Similar to Apple's delayed HomePod, Samsung will focus on audio quality and controlling smart appliances such as smart locks. The device will sync with Samsung Galaxy smartphones, TVs and other devices. According to the report, Samsung is looking to price its smart speaker in the $200 range. That will make it much cheaper than the $349 that Apple plans to charge for its smart speaker.

Gartner says that the smart speaker market will balloon to $3.5 billion by 2021, up from last year's $720 million. And it appears that anyone who is anyone in tech will have their own model to sell.

source: Bloomberg

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16 Comments

1. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

Why tf do Samsung keep wasting its resources on Bixby? Seriously nobody wants it. Why don’t they introduce something new and innovative like in-display FPS on S9. They have pretty much become a boring company now. Since the S7 edge nothing has been that impressive. I guess Note 7 fiasco really did shook their minds. They have ran out of ideas now.

3. southernzombie

Posts: 353; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

You speak for everybody now? You act like these new innovative ideas you want so badly are supposed to spring up overnight. You think they aren't working on the in display scanner? What other breakthrough feature are you looking for? You seem to think you know what we all want, why don't you patent some new, innovative tech.

5. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

For a price like $1000 yes I expect any company bring innovative tech as soon as possible. And I assume you must be one of the rare ones who like Bixby right? Most people who own a Galaxy S8/Note8 criticise Bixby and want to get rid of it. Heck even top tech reviewers have labelled Bixby as a failed attempt so I know what I’m talking about. Speaking of in-display FPS Xiaomi might be the first one to get it on CES 2018 so in-display FPS won’t be a Samsung’s exclusive feature. And btw I can smell alot of burn through your comment. People like you are the reason that companies become greedy. Samsung today is becoming more like Apple because fanboys like you are always there to defend their beloved companies. sZombies are just as bad as iZombies.

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2013; Member since: May 26, 2011

speak for your self. I use bixby all the time on the Note 8

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3957; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Also use it often side by side with Google Assistant. Works great!

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

WTF? All the time? Can you comment on PA by just using Bixby? You scroll with Bixby? You tap with Bixby? You cant even type passwords with Bixby. What's the use of your SPen when you're not using it, coz you're with Bixby all the time? Your username best describes you.

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2013; Member since: May 26, 2011

Nitpick on words much because that's all you can come up with? Since you're here dissecting what i wrote and not understanding what it's actually saying, i hope you're not a native english speaker Here is the definition of "All the time" 1. Constantly; habitually. I hardly ever see my sister anymore because she's with her boyfriend all the time. We go to that coffee shop all the time. Can't we try someplace new?

13. iushnt

Posts: 3069; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

To be frank, 1st gen bixby is already better than Siri.

16. southernzombie

Posts: 353; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Except I'm not defending Samsung per se. My primary issue I had with your comment was assuming you are the tech God that knows what we all want and need. And where did I say that in display FPS would be Samsung exclusive?

6. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"Seriously nobody wants it" Speak for yourself dude. Removed the scroogle assistant from my Note 8 and now use Bixby for every phone tasks + Voice search for some internet inquiries. Bixby is a whole lot more useful: https://youtu.be/kAaA9w_VY_8 But that's just on my Smartphone, wouldn't buy any 24/7 listening speaker regardless what comes on it.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2013; Member since: May 26, 2011

Because it makes more sense for Samsung to pour resources into Bixby than any of its competition since they're heavily invested in home automation and appliances

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2311; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I’m betting this will just be the Harman Kardon Invoke just with Bixby instead of Cortana. Samsung owns HK, so it won’t take a whole lot to come up with a similar speaker to have Bixby on it.

7. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Bixby sucks and the dedicated button my S8+ sucks too...

11. sissy246

Posts: 7027; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Then turn it off.

12. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

literally no one is gonna buy it. Maybe that'll show how much they should reconsider Bixby and make it REMAPPABLE

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