Samsung Bixby Enabled Smart Speakers To Launch in First Half of 2018

Samsung Bixby Enabled Smart Speakers To Launch in First Half of 2018

The device by the South Korean technology giant will have a strong focus on audio quality and the management of connected home appliances. Unsurprisingly, it will reportedly run Bixby, Samsung's personal assistant rivaling Siri and Alexa, and may be priced at $200.

The smart speaker project is being led by an executive named Patrick Chomet, who had joined Samsung a year ago. It will sync up with Samsung gadgets, TVs and Galaxy smartphones.

The device will also synchronize with smartphones and TVs, the report says, adding that now the company is improving the speaker's ability to perform voice-based Web searches.

The smart speaker may be released in multiple markets around the world with a price-tag around $200, but these plans are fluid at the moment and may change. Google's speakers extend its lucrative search engine into the home and helps it sells products like its music services.

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According to Gartner, voice-activated speakers will become a US$3.5 billion market by 2021, up from US$720 million in 2016.

Back in August, DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division, confirmed that the company is working on a smart speaker, but didn't reveal any details regarding the device other than it's set to launch "soon". Apple also unveiled its HomePod, going against the likes of Google Home, Amazon Echo and Harman Kardon Invoke. No other specifics are known at this point. The report also notes that the speaker will be made available in multiple colors - the prototype unit is in matte black.

Samsung's plans to release a smart speaker haven't been a complete surprise. It also, like the HomePod, lacks a screen but lights up on top for limited visual feedback.

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