Samsung's DJ Koh Confirms, a Smart Speaker is Coming

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That may change soon, as Samsung says it's about to follow its rivals into the smart speaker market.

On the flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone and Note 8 device, a function called Bixby Home is available.

Aside from Samsung apps and system settings, Bixby is also compatible with the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Uber and Google Play Music.

Bixby is now available in more than 200 countries, which means that Samsung will get more services support onboard. The idea is to have Bixby, the company's digital personal assistant at the center.

Bixby allows users to create custom voice commands as short cuts to multiple features at once.

Confirmation of a smart speaker by Samsung follows months of speculation on the matter, beginning in May when Samsung filed a design patent with the USA government for an audio device with a visual display. In fact, reports of it date back a couple of months, but this might be the first time a Samsung executive confirmed the device outright. "I am already working on it", Koh told CNBC today - and it seems that it forms part of the company's broader "smart home" vision.

Bixby only "speaks" two languages - English and Korean - compared to the 21 for Siri and the 5 for Google Assistant.

While Koh did not provide a lot of details - for example, it's not been confirmed if the device will actually be powered by Bixby - he does mention the possibility of an announcement coming "soon".

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