New Amazon Echo Competitor from Samsung Under Development: Vega with Bixby

New Amazon Echo Competitor from Samsung Under Development: Vega with Bixby”

The news comes via a report by The Wall Street Journal, which cites sources familiar with the matter. Several unnamed sources said that specifications for the device haven't been finalized, and it seems that progress has been hindered by ongoing linguistic issues with Bixby. Plagued by these issues even the S8 and S8+ don't have a fully functional English version of Bixby yet, and it will only come during the second half of July, according to Samsung.

The column will be based on the voice assistant Bixby.

It is known, that Bixby was presented together with the flagship smartphone Galaxy S8, however, the voice functionality of Bixby was running late and only in South Korea for payment.

This is the biggest reason why Samsung's smart speaker might take a long time before it's revealed. This means that Bixby is now only available in South Korea. The company needs a lot of data, a necessary ingredient in deep learning technology.

Obviously the information is all fairly thin on the ground at the moment but as soon as we know more we'll let you know. Samsung may have been able to release the Galaxy S8 without full Bixby support, but the company won't be able to do the same with a smart speaker, as pointed out by Android Authority. The Echo and Dot from Amazon, Google Home, and Apple's HomePod are all vying for attention at the top of the market, and then you also have Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered Invoke, and the plethora of Alexa powered third-party speakers. Apple has already announced the Siri-powered HomePod, which will be hitting stores in December.

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