It has been a wild ride for Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant. After being delayed due to various reasons, the AI platform was finally outed this week to compatible Galaxy S8 handsets in the US. So far, things have been looking up, but not for the rumored speaker hardware we’ve been hearing about over recent weeks.
Samsung has felt the urge to introduce a Bixby speaker similar to that of Google Home, Apple HomePod and Amazon Echo. Now that we actually have Bixby in our hands, we feel more comfortable chatting about the speaker hardware.
According to The Investor, it turns out that Samsung may have shelved the Bixby speaker idea, at least for now. This doesn’t mean that the speaker, code-named ‘Vega’ won’t ever happen, but it could be a longer wait than most of us thought when we first heard of the possibility. The reasoning behind this, “Samsung does not view Al speakers as marketable.” In other words, Samsung doesn’t believe they could generate enough profits from a Bixby-powered speaker right now, given that the global market is being dominated by Amazon and Google.
It’s still entirely possible that Samsung has elected to wait until users get a better sense of Bixby and its capabilities before they introduce hardware. It would be no easy task bringing such a device to a crowded market, but knowing Samsung, it may just be a matter of time.
Given all the issues Bixby has dealt with, from our point of view, it’s probably a good idea for Samsung to leave this one out. Let us know what you think in the comment section. Would you buy a Bixby speaker for the right price?
SOURCE [The Investor]