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Samsung's Bixby smart speaker to take on Apple HomePod in second half of 2018

In the midst of all the Galaxy S9 news dominating MWC 2018, Samsung’s mobile president DJ Koh also took time to confirm long-standing rumours of a Samsung smart speaker. As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung will release a “premium” Bixby smart speaker in the second half of 2018. Koh’s announcement contradicted an earlier report from Bloomberg that it would sell the speaker early in the year.

Presumably, this speaker will connect with Samsung’s SmartThings network to control all your smart home devices via voice assistant commands through the Bixby platform. Unfortunately, actual details on the device’s appearance or capabilities haven’t been announced.

What we do know is that Samsung doesn’t intend for its speaker to compete with bargain smart speakers like Amazon Echo Spot. “I want to focus on more premium,” Koh told the WSJ.

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