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

Samsung reveals Gear Fit 2 Pro features like water resistance, GPS, and more

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".

Related News:

  • Ashwani Lohani is known for 'go getter attitude' in the railway ministry

    Ashwani Lohani is known for 'go getter attitude' in the railway ministry

    Suresh Prabhu in a tweet said that he took the moral responsibility of the train accidents in the meeting with PM Modi. The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday appointed Ashwani Lohani as the new Chairman of Railway Board .
    US Suspends Russian Non-Immigrant Visa Applications

    US Suspends Russian Non-Immigrant Visa Applications

    According to the announcement, visa operations will be resumed only in the main embassy building in Moscow on September 1. Almost a quarter of a million Russian tourists visited the USA last year, according to Russian tourism officials.
    United States of America  post emphatic victory against Europe in Solheim Cup

    United States of America post emphatic victory against Europe in Solheim Cup

    With the chance to halve the match, Hall missed her final putt that saw Creamer clinch a valuable point for the USA. Annika Sorenstam, the captain for Europe also added that; "We just got outplayed, there's no doubt about it".
  • Six Months Injunction On Triple Talaq

    Six Months Injunction On Triple Talaq

    Also, maybe some people get hurt with this tradition but now it's final that Triple talaq is no more going to happen with women. Modi has addressed the topic numerous times in public speeches, pledging to protect the right to equality of all women.
    Powerball jackpot jumps to $700 million

    Powerball jackpot jumps to $700 million

    Powerball holds the distinction of the largest lotto jackpot when its highest prize reached $1.586 billion in January 2016. Winners in California, Florida and Tennessee each chose the cash option and won about $327,835,000 before taxes.
    Police probe how many fell victim to cannibal

    Police probe how many fell victim to cannibal

    Forensic experts have been called to identify the remains and ascertain whether they belong to one or multiple people. The three had allegedly butchered a lady, tore her into tiny pieces and ate her up.
  • USA  and South Korea Began Joint Military Exercises

    USA and South Korea Began Joint Military Exercises

    At such a delicate moment, Trump Administration talk of preventive war seems rash, provocative, and potentially self-defeating. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with "fire and fury".
    Sasikala CCTV footage in Bengaluru prison

    Sasikala CCTV footage in Bengaluru prison

    The CCTV footage shows Sasikala and Ilavarasi entering the prison from the main gate in the presence of male guards. Sasikala who is comfortable camping in Parapanna Agrahara Prison of Bengaluru is in for a trouble.
    Android Oreo - Leaked Images suggest at Oreo

    Android Oreo - Leaked Images suggest at Oreo

    If you don't have the newest Android phone, however, you probably won't be able to download the new OS for now. Lastly, another feature would be "restricted background activities" from apps such as Chrome 57.
  • Guess Where Bonnie Tyler will be for the Solar Eclipse?

    Guess Where Bonnie Tyler will be for the Solar Eclipse?

    One week later, on August 18, the song reached 93,148 downloads - a 67% increase. " Total Eclipse of the Heart " was a smash hit of the 1980s.
    Dragon Ball FighterZ CollectorZ Edition, Pre-Orders, Screens and Beta Info

    Dragon Ball FighterZ CollectorZ Edition, Pre-Orders, Screens and Beta Info

    If you're looking to get in for this closed Beta for this one expect it September 16 and 17 for your Xbox One and PS4 consoles. Perhaps you, the Dragon Ball fanatic, are a little worn out with the steady stream of releases associated with the franchise.
    Bihar Floods: Death toll reaches 253, over 1 crore affected

    Bihar Floods: Death toll reaches 253, over 1 crore affected

    Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Lawkhua Wildlife Sanctuary are also under the flood waters. State authorities have arranged for cooked food for 4.92 lakh people at 2,569 community kitchens across Bihar .


Most liked

USA slaps sanctions on Russian, Chinese entities for supporting North Korea
Among the six individuals, one was Chinese, four were Russians and one was North Korean. "We need to see more on their part", Tillerson said.

Glorious SmackDown, debuts and rumors
Fish and O'Reilly had attacked new NXT Tag Team Champions SAnitY and former champs The Authors of Pain earlier in the night. Styles agreeing to let Owens pick the referee felt slightly more gullible than him being a confident champion.

Shark strikes paddleboard on Cape, paddleboarder unharmed
Kathy Tevyaw, acting superintendent for the Cape Cod National Seashore, said the paddleboarder was in about three feet of water at the time.

President Trump's Popularity Took a Dive In These 3 Key Swing States
The NBC survey was taken after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and during Trump's several responses to the incident. Trump's support also appeared to be slipping among key demographic groups that helped deliver him the three crucial states.

Done With Your Eclipse Glasses? Donate Them to Kids In South America
As long as the glasses were made by one of the 12 companies certified by NASA to make eclipse glasses, they are good for life. The problem is Walmart, Lowe's, Toy's R Us, and other major retailers in Salisbury are completely sold out of the glasses.

Why did Verizon kill the Unlimited plan that everyone loved?
No matter which plan you select, there is no way to enable 1080p streaming on a smartphone with Verizon's revised unlimited plans. You can spring for the business or Beyond plans to get LTE speeds, but only for the first 10GB or 15GB, respectively.

Arpaio says he wasn't invited to Trump rally in Phoenix
He warned that doing so would just "make it more likely" that Democrats manage to take his seat next year. President Trump is scheduled to travel to Phoenix tomorrow for a campaign-style rally .

Two million displaced Iraqis return to their liberated home cities
As Isis (Islamic State) is driven out of Iraq and Syria, militants in the last throes of battle are turning to P in desperation.

McCain: Singapore Leads Search and Rescue for Missing US Navy Sailors
The Navy, he said, will work "to find out if there was a common cause at the root of these events and if so, how we solve that". The Alnic MC is described as a Liberian-flagged, 30,000 ton, 183-meter oil and chemical tanker by the Marine Traffic website .

Total to buy Maersk Oil
The French company is coming off a strong quarter, with adjusted net income growing by 13 percent from a year ago to $2.5 billion. The deal is already approved by both boards and expected to close in 1Q 2018 and have an effective date of July 1 2017.

Stabbed in Siberian City
He is believed to be from Dagestan, a strongly Muslim region of Russian Federation in the Caucasus. The video shows a black-clad man running along the street before collapsing to the ground.

The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion pack brings pets on November 10
If that's not enough, you'll also be able to try your hand at the veterinarian occupation including running your own clinic. Meanwhile, the upcoming Cats & Dogs expansion pack will also include a new coastal location called Brindleton Bay.

Sports ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia settle flag incident
The mistake was spotted at the opening ceremony of the Games in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, sparking an outcry in Indonesia . President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo also called for an apology but cautioned against exaggerating the incident.

Huge Crowd Cheers As Big Ben Falls Silent Until 2021
MPs who approved the £29m renovation project claim they weren't informed that Big Ben would be out of action for so long. The bongs will still sound for important events, such as New Year's Eve celebrations.

Four suspects sought after attack
Hours after Thursday's attack in Barcelona there was a similar assault in the seaside town of Cambrils that left one woman dead . The official confirmed that four terrorists out of 12 suspects in the attack have been arrested and five others were killed.