One month ago, the first rumors came: Samsung wants to have a piece of cake and enrich the world of samsung intelligent speakers with AI support through their own product. Now the project is more concrete, even if it will take some time to come into the country, until Samsung has the problems with Bixby in the handle.
“Vega” has been under development for more than a year
Internally the loudspeaker should be known under the code name “Vega”. According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung has been working on Google Home , Apple’s HomePod , Amazon’s Echo and Microsoft’s Invoke Speaker for more than a year .
As early as 2015, the South Korean company wanted to present a very similar product at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – but ultimately the idea failed with problems with the software. Whether Samsung was able to get rid of them with a new start at “Vega”, we will see.
Bixby, the digital assistant from Samsung, is already on the Galaxy S8 ( Plus ) to be found today, but can only be used to a limited extent. A full-fledged English version is delayed, the German version is to be finished in the fourth quarter of the year . If Samsung had to bring their own speakers on the market before, then apparently only in South Korea.
A new player enters the field
Just about every big tech company has now loudspeakers with digital assistants in the program. Amazon has echo (test) , Google has Home the Google Assistant. Microsoft will probably present a loudspeaker with Cortana in the fall and also Apple has came from December with the HomePod another device class in the portfolio.
For Samsung, Bixby is an important product , which is not only to be used on the current flagship. The digital assistant will probably also be involved in future smartphones and other devices – if the internationalization functions as the company imagines it.