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Samsung working on mini Bixby-powered smart speaker | Report

02 January 2019 2

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Samsung is reportedly working on a smaller Bixby-powered smart speaker that would be a cheaper option. This new speaker will inherit a few features of the main Galaxy Home speaker that Samsung announced back in August last year. The mini version of the Galaxy Home is expected to compete against the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo which are available less than $200.

Currently, the specifications of this suspected speaker are unknown but we could expect fewer microphones and lack of subwoofer. The Galaxy Home which looks on the premium side is yet to be available and it could compete with Apple HomePod.

The report is coming from the tech site Sammobile that claims it has obtained information that a new Bixby-powered speaker with model number SM-V310 is being developed. The only information which this report has poured is the color of the device which could be Black.

We suspect that Samsung may introduce this mini version of the speaker at the CES 2019 event, but we shouldn’t rely on guesses, of course.

Samsung developed its own voice-assistant Bixby and this can be found in its premium Galaxy smartphones segment. Debuted with the Galaxy S8, the virtual assistant can also be sideloaded on older Galaxy devices running Android Nougat. The voice-assistant by Samsung is also available to line of Family Hub 2.0 refrigerators and slowly it will come to more connected devices. In November 2018, the company also opened the Bixby to the third-party developers so that more and more applications could be developed.

Samsung is yet to make available the Galaxy Home speaker in the market and we have started hearing about its plans on the smaller version already. However, there is much more to learn about this reported device. So stay tuned while we gather more information for you.


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