Samsung's Bixby speaker set to debut in the first half of 2018

Isaac Cain
December 18, 2017

As for the Samsung speaker's design, Bloomberg's source shared that there was an existing prototype with dimensions that measure somewhere between the size of Amazon Echo and Apple's HomePod.

Despite the confirmation of the smart speaker, Samsung and Harman have yet to announce the timing of the product's release.

One of the prototypes of Samsung's smart speaker is claimed to sit between the size of Amazon's latest Echo model and Apple's HomePod.

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However, the report notes that Samsung's pricing and release plans are "still fluid and may change", as the firm is still working on improving the device's ability to conduct voice-based web searches. Now, it is being rumoured that Samsung might launch its smart speaker early next year. The South Korean brand has already been making smart wearables, smart TVs, and even smart refrigerators.

Citing sources familiar with Samsung's plans, Bloomberg reports that a Bixby-powered smart speaker will make its debut in the first half of next year, focusing on audio quality and controlling connected home appliances such as smart locks, lights, and the like. It will also play nice with SmartThings, which joined Samsung back in 2014. According to its unnamed sources, the company is now improving the product's ability to search the web through voice-activated commands. One prototype that is now being tested shows that the size of the smart speaker would be somewhere between the size of the Apple HomePod and the latest Amazon Echo. While Samsung had reportedly considered developing a speaker with a touchscreen similar to Amazon's Echo Show, it has reportedly decided not to equip the device with a screen, instead opting for lights on top for visual feedback. Various colour options are expected, including a matte black variant. Amongst other developments, Samsung is in the news for preparing its smart speaker with Bixby voice assistant integration for the first half of next year. If the $200 price point turns out to be accurate, Samsung's smart speaker would fit somewhere between the affordable Echo and the steeper HomePod.

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