The voice assistant is equivalent to Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant, but only supports two languages - US English and South Korean for now. It's a major win for Bixby, as the assistant has suffered from multiple delays and a lack of integrations lately. Bixby is now available in more than 200 countries, which means that Samsung will get more services support onboard. In South Korea, Bixby has over 1.3 million users and has carried out more than 250 million tasks through voice commands. "In the future, Bixby will have the learning power to offer more intelligent and personalized interactions and seamless connections across more devices", Injong Rhee, an executive vice president at Samsung, said in a press release. A couple of months back, there were several leaks about the device, which was later reported to be shelved by Samsung.
Speaking to CNBC, DJ Koh confirmed the smart speaker, but he didn't reveal the launch timeline for it. He told the news network that "I am already working on it" and the company will soon announce it. CNBC was interviewing Koh ahead of the Note 8 smartphone launch. "As I mentioned I wanted to provide a fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices, and I want to be moving quite heavily on it", he added. Apple is also going to enter the arena soon with its HomePod.
Samsung also reportedly expressed concerns over its ability to make a dent in the home speaker market, thanks to this late start and strong products from other competitors.