Another virtual assistant will reportedly gain physical form the Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is building a Bixby-powered smart speaker. The project faces delays as its core technology isnt even done yet.
Were talking, of course, about Bixby itself its only just going into Open Beta in the US. WSJ claims that we wont see a full release until at least the latter half of July.
This has been slowing down the hardware project code named Vega the features and specifications of which havent been decided yet. You can bet it will support Samsungs Smart Home and IoT-enabled Tvs.
While S Voice launched several years ago with relatively little competition, the Bixby speaker is getting into a crowded market most recently Apples HomePod and Harman Kardons Cortana-powered speaker joined Amazons Alexa and Googles Home.
PS. Samsung now owns Harman so it has the in-house team to build the new speaker (not to mention the Level Bluetooth speakers). And Qualcomm has a chip ready, in case the Exynos division doesnt have anything suitable.
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