Samsung Says Bixby-Powered Smart Speaker to Arrive During the Second Half of the Year
Samsung this week provided a bit more information regarding its forthcoming smart speaker. The company says it is targeting the second half of the year to launch the product, and it will be powered by Samsung's Bixby artificial assistant. Samsung warned it won't necessarily be cheap. "When I introduce the first model, I don't want to give the impression that Samsung delivered another affordable mass model. I want to focus on more premium," said Samsung's mobile chief D.J. Koh, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. The speaker will arrive in time for the holidays, but Samsung hasn't said much else. Apple recently released its HomePod speaker, powered by Siri, and Google has released a slew of Google Home speakers powered by Google Assistant.
LG Packs Google Assistant Into Its Smart ThinQ Speaker
LG today showed off a new smart speaker that will be available in early 2018. LG is calling the ThinQ Speaker its "first premium smart AI audio product" thanks to the addition of the Google Assistant.
Google Spreading Assistant to More Speakers and Smart Home Appliances
Google today said the Google Assistant will soon be available across a wider variety of devices. Google Assistant, the voice-powered helper, is already available on Android smartphones and smartwatches, and the Google Home speaker.
Samsung's Bixby Voice User Interface Not Ready for Galaxy S8 Debut
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will not ship with the Bixby Voice user interface when the devices first go on sale, according to Samsung. "Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on April 21.
Google Assistant to Live In (Your) Google Home
Google today made its Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home, available for preorder. Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant.