Shortly after announcing the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at Unpacked 2018, it has been reported that Samsung has acquired an Egyptian-based startup company known as Kngine to help with Bixby. Kngine was started in 2013 and has been developing its own AI that functions much like the human brain. Samsung could use the company’s know-how to help with Bixby 2.0, said to release later this year alongside Galaxy Note 9 and a Bixby smart speaker.
Shortly after being on stage at MWC 2018 in Barcelona during Unpacked 2018 to announce the latest Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones, Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh confirmed a Bixby-powered smart speaker. The device that has been rumored for some time hasn’t made way to MWC 2018 for any kind of official introduction, but is being worked on back at Samsung Labs.
Google has Google Home and Amazon has Amazon Echo. Samsung doesn’t want to be left out of the crowd, right? Back in the summertime, we got word that Samsung was considering the launch of a smart speaker of its own, powered by Bixby, the company’s own artificial intelligent (AI) assistant. The report was later shelved, but a trusted source now claims the opposite.
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 is betting big on its smart digital assistant technology, Bixby. The early 2017 flagship device family, the Samsung Galaxy S8, includes a hardware button for the Bixby assistant.