After Apple followed the Amazon Echo and Google Home lead with the unveiling of HomePod at WWDC 2017, looks like Samsung is hopping on the bandwagon too. If the latest reports are to be believed, Samsung is working on its own smart home speakers. Also Read - Upcoming phones with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1: From Xiaomi 12 Ultra to ASUS ROG Phone 6Also Read - Apple to soon manufacture products outside China, India and Vietnam could be the future production hubs
The evidence of Samsung s interest first came in the form of a patent which seemed to hint at a smart speaker-like device. And now a report by Korean Herald claims that Samsung is, in fact, working on such a product at this moment. However, since patents don t always become actual products, it s hard to say if this was merely an idea Samsung was mulling or if it s something they re actively working on. Also Read - Apple might finally launch a new HomePod later this year or in 2023: All we know so far
While Samsung hasn t even spoken a word of this device will actually see the daylight, but the report claims that the alleged Samsung home speaker will arrive this fall. Do note that the claims of the Samsung speaker s launch fall in line with the expected launch period of the Galaxy Note 8. So that does add a little weightage to today s rumour. RELATED: Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo vs Google Home: Which one is coming to your home?
If reports of the speaker are really true, just like Siri powers the HomePod and Alexa powers the Amazon Echo, Samsung s new AI voice assistant Bixby will voice the home speaker. In fact, Microsoft also recently chucked its hat in the ring by teaming up with Harman Kardon, on the Cortana-powered Invoke speakers. (By the way, Harman Kardon happens to be a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.) ALSO READ: Apple HomePod first impressions roundup
A couple of months ago, along with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the South Korean tech giant also launched its new voice assistant called Bixby. And from day one, Samsung has kept it no secret that it wishes to expand the Bixby capabilities beyond the smartphones, to other products like home appliances. However, what remains to be seen is how long it will take Samsung to come out with its own smart speaker. The company hasn t been able to launch Bixby with English language support as yet so that s something it needs to accomplish first. ALSO READ: Microsoft Build 2017 Live: After Harman Kardon, HP, Intel join the league of Cortana-powered devices