Samsung confirms plans to launch a smart speaker

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   Virtual assistants such as Siri are good for simple tasks like launching an app or identifying a song that is playing

In an interview ahead of Samsung's Galaxy Note phone launch, DJ Koh, the president of Samsung's mobile division, said a smart speaker is on the way.

Would you purchase a Bixby powered smart speaker over an Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Some of these companies have moved beyond smartphones as far as the use of artificial intelligence-based digital assistants is concerned.

The WSJ reported in July that Samsung was developing a voice-activated speaker powered by its digital assistant Bixby.

But, technically, he didn't specify whether Samsung's speaker will feature Bixby.

The latest Bixby Voice update allows Galaxy S8 series owners to perform nearly every task, even conventional touch gesture commands, on their phone using just the voice. In fact, reports of it date back a couple of months, but this might be the first time a Samsung executive confirmed the device outright. Bixby's deep integration is also built into the smartphone settings; plus, it also understands the way users actually speak, ask questions and make requests. With the announcement, Bixby Voice, which has been due since April, was first released in the USA in July, and now it is being made available in around 200 countries. Koh says he's already working on the device and wants to create a "fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices, and [he] want [s] to be moving quite heavily on it". It will be interesting to see how consumers react to Samsung's iteration of smart speakers.

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