Sam­sung May Launch Bix­by-pow­ered Vega’ Smart Speak­er Soon

Anirban Ghoshal

Samsung may soon launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker, just like Amazon Echo, called ‘Vega’, Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.

Source: Samsung

The development comes as a no-brainer as Apple recently took the sheets off its own Siri-powered speaker called HomePod. Also, Microsoft has launched its own smart speaker called Invoke, powered by Cortana, in partnership with Harman Kardon.

A report from the Korean Herald claims that Samsung had submitted patents for Vega which is expected to be light on specifications. However, no other details are available at the moment.

Interestingly, the launch of Samsung’s smart speaker may be delayed as several reports indicate that the speaker is facing trouble understanding English in the US.

The Herald report also mentions an unnamed source saying that the problem has been made worse by the geographical and linguistic barriers between Samsung’s Korean headquarters and researchers in California.

Bixby Cannot Say Hello Yet

Samsung might soon launch Bixby-powered speakers. | Source: Samsung

Bixby was introduced by Samsung earlier this year as one of the key new features of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The new voice assistant was a big part of Samsung’s new phone launch but Samsung had to release the assistant without voice capabilities.

Bixby also has dedicated physical button on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Bixby also shows contextual info. This means it learns about app usages and throws back info in the form of cards.

It simply adapts to the user based on usage, time and date.It also has a basic reminders tool that lets you set geolocation alerts. Bixby can also work with Google Play Music.

The S8’s camera is enhanced with Bixby for visual search just like Google Goggles but right inside the camera. It can search for similar images, identify landmarks, and of course let you buy things from Amazon.

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