Samsung takes on Apple in Wireless Speaker segment with Bixby Speakers

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According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Bixby is headed to a smart speaker although the device may take a while before its is released.

Amazon's Echo covers 70 percent of the US market involving the "connected speakers", Google Home captures around 24 percent - reports by eMarketer, a research firm said. It means that the company shall be taking enough time before coming up with the Bixby speaker. Bixby as a smart speaker is said to be in its early stages of development and its specifications and features haven't been decided on as yet.

Well, let's hope Bixby english version to launch soon.

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 US market for the speakers, according to market-research firm eMarketer. The next in line is Apple's Siri-powered HomePod that would debut in December. The AI-powered assistant has not yet made itself to the mainstream just yet and has only popped up so far on the latest Samsung Galaxy flagship phones. Before it began work on Vega, it had previously planned to launch another speaker - codenamed "Hive" - at Mobile World Congress 2015. Apparently, the same software issue is responsible for the delayed rollout of Bixby English language version for the Galaxy S8 lineup.

The Bixby assistant, which was launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 range, is still awaiting a full roll out in the United Kingdom and the US. Of course this is crucial to a smart speaker device as it won't have manual input or a touchscreen, at least not as a primary control.

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