Samsung's Siri rival finally gets its voice in the U.S. next month

Gwen Vasquez
July 14, 2017

The app will not only provide the latest news articles, but it will also apparently be able to provide users with podcasts.

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 series, it placed great focus on Bixby, the virtual assistant that does more than just answer your questions.

Samsung is rumored to be working on a news app, to be called "News Today", which will feature support for podcasts, and Bixby Voice integration.

Much like Google News and Apple News, this will be a way for Samsung to offer a similar service to those who want to stay within its ecosystem. Samsung's smart speaker is said to be now codenamed as "Vega".

"The voice assistant market has been growing among consumers in their 20s and 30s in Korea".

As of now, this is all we have got on the rumoured News Today app.

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Samsung is one of the biggest Android smartphone manufacturers in the world. It's unclear if this will replace or supplement the pre-loaded Flipboard/UPDAY services that comes on most Samsung devices, though.

While the rest of the email is not shown, this appears to be the clearest indicator yet that Samsung has surmounted the issues which prevented it from fully launching Bixby alongside its Galaxy S8 earlier this year.

There's no confirmation yet on the existence of Samsung's News Today app, so everyone should take this rumor with a grain of salt.

According to industry sources, Google launched its beta test for Korean language on July 13, seeking participants from its users designated as Local Guides.

A photo was posted on Reddit which shows a launch date for Bixby Voice in the USA of the 18th of July, so we could see it on the S8 and S8 Plus handsets next week. This means that Samsung could reap the dual benefits of News Today attracting non-Galaxy owners to Bixby, and vice versa, should the company choose to expand News Today or Bixby beyond its own product lineup.

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