A Samsung speaker would enter into an already saturated market of voice-activated speakers, with Amazon's Echo leading the race, capturing more than 70 percent of the USA market for the speakers, according to market-research firm eMarketer.
Samsung is reportedly developing a smart speaker powered by its digital assistant Bixby. It's nice to see that they're catching on. A spokesperson said, "Developing Bixby in other languages is taking more time than we expected mainly because of the lack of the accumulation of big data". Actually the patent was filed in December 2015, so it's been well over a year.
Vega is only the latest of Samsung's speaker projects, which go back years, according to people familiar with the matter.
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About Making Comments on our Site: Patently Apple reserves the right to post, dismiss or edit any comments. This would explain the reason behind launching the Bixby Voice beta program, but the service still needs to be developed so it can actually begin competing with Google's Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Amazon's Alexa.
Originally shown off alongside the Galaxy S8 at its launch, Samsung then admitted that Bixby Voice would not debut on the smartphone. However, development of that device was abandoned due to various software problems, including voice recognition issues. "The integration we will have is deeper than anybody else will be able to do", he said. "In the camera you can use Bixby vision without going out of the camera interface, that is something that will be different".