Samsung To Enter The Smart Speaker Race With Its Bixby-Powered Speaker In Second Half Of 2018

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Samsung announced its flagship duo at the MWC 2018. The smartphone features various new features on the inside and externally as well. However, the overall design and form factor of the device is carried on from last year. Nonetheless, the device is still promising given the number of upgrades. In addition to this, the Galaxy S9 was not the only unveiling from the company as it is working to join the smart speaker race. That's right, Samsung has announced that it will introduce it's very own Bixby-powered smart speaker in the second half of 2018. So let's dive in to see some more details on the matter.

Samsung To Launch Its Smart Speaker Powered By Bixby In The Second Half Of 2018

The news of Samsung launching its own smart speaker was announced at the MWC 2018 event by the company's chief of Mobile division, DJ Koh. This is not the first time that we're hearing such news. However, we now have a rough time frame for when it might be available to customers.

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As we have mentioned earlier, the smart speaker will be powered by Bixby. DJ Koh also stated that the smart speaker will be a premium product and will not compete with the likes of Google Home or Amazon Echo. There will be a high-end model with more features and it will be priced accordingly. However, there will also be an option for a tiered price model with cheaper pricing and fewer features, along with a regular priced variant.

While details on the Bixby-powered smart speaker are thin at this stage, you can hope for voice assistance in order to control Samsung SmartThings system through Bixby. While there are quite a handful of options available in the market that can control your home appliances, it all depends on the company whether it will offer something unique with its smart speaker.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on Samsung working its way to jump aboard the smart speaker race? Do you think the company will include features more than what we're already used to seeing on a virtual assistant speaker? Share your views with us in the comments.

News Source: WSJ

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