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Samsung's president confirms a smart speaker is on the way to compete with Google Home

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Following the Galaxy Note 8 announcement, Samsung is not slowing down at all. After confirming a new Gear S smartwatch will be unveiled on August 30, the South Korean company now claims a smart speaker is in the works as well.

Although Samsung's officials previously said the company has no immediate plans to launch a smart speaker, Sammy's president of the mobile division, DJ Koh confirmed such a device will be announced soon.

Moreover, Samsung's president says that his company is very serious about offering a solid user experience at home with Samsung devices, which is why it will be “moving quite heavily on it.”

The forthcoming Samsung smart speaker will compete with the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod. Although DJ Koh did not provide any details about the design and look of the smart speaker he did say it will be powered by Bixby.

The new details confirmed by Samsung come in line with a previous report that claimed the company is working on a smart speaker, but the progress had been held back by the company's inability to roll-out the US English language version of Bixby in more countries.

With the recent launch of Bixby in more than 200 countries, work on Samsung's smart speaker can commence once again. Still, it's unclear whether the device will be introduced by the end of the year or we'll have to wait until 2018.

source: CNBC

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