Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Now, a new report lends weight to rumors that Bixby is getting a smart speaker to live inside. It's nice to see that they're catching on.

The news comes via a report by The Wall Street Journal, which cites sources familiar with the matter.

The timing is not clear and numerous speaker's features and other specifications are yet to be decided, several of the sources said. Actually the patent was filed in December 2015, so it's been well over a year.

Originally shown off alongside the Galaxy S8 at its launch, Samsung then admitted that Bixby Voice would not debut on the smartphone.

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Bixby is predicted to become the second most popular intelligent assistant with a 14.5% market share (after Google Assistant, on 23.3%) according to London-based consultancy Ovum.

Samsung's progress has been slowed by the postponement of a US launch of the English-language version of Bixby, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Amazon's Echo covers 70 percent of the USA market involving the "connected speakers", Google Home captures around 24 percent - reports by eMarketer, a research firm said. Competition is heating up in the market with Apple and Microsoft already working hard to catch up to Amazon's lead.

As good as it sounds, but Samsung is yet to roll out the full-fledged English language version of the Bixby assistant for the Galaxy S8. "The integration we will have is deeper than anybody else will be able to do", he said. Is it something you find useful?

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