Samsung confirms it's working on an Amazon Echo competitor

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From this perspective also, Samsung needs to quickly scale up the capabilities of Bixby. We are not sure if it will be Bixby speaker, but yeah, it should come integrated with Bixby to carry out the smart tasks. With Spotify, Bixby users will be able to use voice commands to play/pause songs alongside other functions.

The move is meant to expand the capabilities of Bixby that are still relatively limited compared to its alternatives, with Samsung recently pledging to improve the service in a significant manner in the near future. Samsung had to admit that there was lacuna in the coordination between the 200-strong technical team based out of USA and the one back in South Korea. In an interview with CNBC, mobile division chief DJ Koh has confirmed that his company is working on a smart speaker. The company has integrated a three-tier approach for its digital assistant - voice control, computer vision system for identifying objects through device's camera, and on-screen "Home" menu filled with info like weather forecasts and news.

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This isn't the first we've heard about a potential Bixby-powered smart speaker.

Samsung will look to try and claim some of the market that is already dominated by the likes of Google Home and the Amazon Echo. It didn't take long before another report said that Samsung might not be making a smart speaker after all.

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Introduced as the most significant feature of Galaxy S8 early this year, Bixby had been delayed twice since its decided launch month.

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