Samsung is reportedly developing its own take on the AirPods, complete with Bixby integration


Now that Bixby Voice has finally been launched in the U.S., Samsung is in desperate need of ways to push it down consumers' throats: sure, it has the dedicated hardware button on the S8, but that's no guarantee anyone will actually try out the fresh-faced virtual assistant. And it seems that in order to accomplish that, Samsung is going to take a page from Apple's playbook.

You see, according to a new report from Korean-language publication Etnews, Samsung is now working on a Bixby-powered earset, following the recent backtracking on its plans of building a Bixby smart speaker. And if you're wondering what exactly a Bixby earset could possibly be, look no further than the AirPods — Apple's own take on the wireless headphone has often been accused of being a vehicle for Siri.

The report itself also makes specific mention of the AirPods as well, but to illustrate a feature of the Bixby earset they don't have. Namely, Samsung has apparently developed a better solution of isolating the user's voice from their surroundings, which somehow makes use of the user's own body.

The report goes further than that, though, and speculates that Samsung is also eyeing a launch alongside the Galaxy Note 8, with a possibility of the earphones being included right in the box.

An unnamed Samsung executive reportedly claimed the device is still not fully official, and that no specific progress report can be given at the moment. Or in other words, it just might get canned like the Bixby smart speaker before it. Also, it's worth noting that even if they do become a real product, the chances of a global launch are minimal: Bixby Voice is only available in the U.S. and South Korea.

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44 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 721; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Bye Sammy. Bixby made me choose other brand. ah, almost forgot, sammy became the apple of android.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lmao. So samsung must copy every move apple makes inch by inch?

5. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMFG As if Apple doesn't do the same. Get over it

16. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Just because the article stretched to try and make that point doesn't make it true. Apple had done way more copying the last several years than anyone.

27. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You're not the one to be talking about what's true or not teddy. Remember, you denied writing that "Bixby quality is irrelevant", please click link and refer to comment number six; https://www.phonearena.com/news/Developers-find-workaround-to-allow-Samsung-Galaxy-S8-users-to-remap-Bixby-button-again_id95926

28. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Keep posting that so more people can read it and realize you're a retard with zero reading comprehension. That way, I don't have to explain it to them.

30. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You comment is self explanatory, your backtracking is hysterical! And Ok, since you asked I'll post it again-click on the link and read what tedkord said about Bixby, refer to comment number six. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Developers-find-workaround-to-allow-Samsung-Galaxy-S8-users-to-remap-Bixby-button-again_id95926

40. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, it is self explanatory. That's why you look so retarded. Like a 4 year old who thinks he won an argument.

43. audibot

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

how is air pods copying anyone the icon x earbuds are the same thing just you can do more apple is copying everyone else by wanted to add in health data like icon x with samsung health i love bixbys dictation and press to speech type. and i hope everyone here knows you can program custom phrase to do things i dislike the way i have to say open messages and send text to sis whats up, vs send text to sis whats up i should be able to set up default apps so it knows automatically

3. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

You both don't understand the fact Samsung came out with wireless ear buds with no cord before Apple? Such sad apple washed world.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Everybody knows that dude lol! It's the fact that they now want to go back to the drawing board and make the icon X or whatever they are called more like the AirPods. Samsung is one of those company that throws a bunch of stuff at the wall and try to be first, but need others to show them how it's really done. Lastly they actually wasn't first with wireless earbuds.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And Apple is making the iPhone more like the S8 this year. What's your point? "Throwing stuff at the wall" must work, considering they've had the best rated phone three years running.

26. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Poor ted, butthurt and crying salty tears.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ted is happy because he owns the best rated phone of last year, and will soon own the best of this year (the Note 8). You'll be happier soon because the iPhone will be more galaxy S8- like than ever before.

31. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Ted isn't happy, ted is sad because he's a backtracking liar. That being said, I do hope you try to improve yourself, if only for the sake of your son. Also teddy, I won't be happy if iPhones inherit this all too common Galaxy phone trait; https://www.sammobile.com/2017/06/28/touchwiz-home-update-for-galaxy-s8-and-s8-promises-to-fix-the-lag/ Have a nice day ted, I hope our chats help you out!

41. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Please continue. Keep proving your own lack of intelligence and reading comprehension.

36. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You own the most expensive laggy phone. Doesn't matter how much random features are thrown at it if it's half assed.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's the number one rated phone in the world, and it doesn't matter how many tears you shed over it, anyone who goggles "best smartphone" will get pages and pages results pointing to the Galaxy S8.

18. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

He never said samsung came out with wireless earbuds first.

22. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

He wasn't saying they were first, he was saying they had them before apple. The only thing better about apples are the battery. I do agree Samsung needs to do something about the battery to be better.

32. apple-rulz

Posts: 2026; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

sissy246 just shut up, you don't even know anybody that owns AirPods, so you're in no position to offer up commentary.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

wait... whats wrong with the iconX besides the battery?

6. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not a damn thing. Yeah the battery may not be the best one out but they are still better then them ugly things apple came out with and do more

8. MEeee

Posts: 412; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

What's wrong with these sheeple? Their brain is so fk up.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1868; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Samsung is going all-in on something that is going to disappear in 6-8 months.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4110; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

So they are going to remove a feature (fitness tracking) and then voila airpods? Ok. Not sure how this is copying? Except for the fact that it's PA?

11. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Just to fill my curiosity, i just opened the original article and didn't see anything in regards to airpods. PA decided to make the connection. Bixby just launched and it makes perfect sense to add the AI assistance to the headset since they're trying to tie the AI assistances with the rest of the IOT devices

12. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

They'll have to remove Fitness Tracking, the customizable wings (because we all have the same ears), internal storage, and Ambient mode. Also they'll need to restrict the IconX to only work with Samsung devices, forget about everyone else.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! DON'TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Icon X are pretty decent, other than they don;t have enough bass. But they sound good and work well. Terrible battery life, but I am able ot move through my tunes with a touch. I don;t want to have to ask Bixby to go to a tune for me, like you do with the AirPod's. WTF Samsung?! You don;t have ot do everything that Apple does. Especially when its some convoluted lame B.S. we don't even need. Just because Apple has stupid fans who will buy any stupid thing they make as long as long as it has an Apple logo, doesn't mean you will be able to do the same.

14. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

They just released Bixby, all they're doing is integrating it now that it's available. I don't think that's very surprising. They're not making AirPods, so you can blame PA for that notion, they're integrating their new product into their product line. Just like Alexa is going into everything Amazon and some stuff that's not. Samsung has more hardware than anyone, which means it'll go into refrigerators, washers and dryers and everything else. I'm not a fan of Bixby or having it everywhere, but i'm sure no going to say they are trying to make an AirPod just because it now contains Bixby.

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