Samsung's "Bixby" voice assistant still isn't out yet in the U.S., but according to The Wall Street Journal, that isn't stopping Samsung from charging forward with a Bixby-in-a-box project apparently code-named "Vega". In an interview granted to the wall street journal, a source close to the company revealed that the new technology would be based on Samsung's Bixby virtual assistant which is also still in development. The report from WSJ says that Samsung has been working on Bixby speaker for more than a year and has internally codenamed it "Vega".
"Developing Bixby in other languages is taking more than we expected because of the lack of the accumulation of big data", said the company representative.
So Samsung is looking to fill the Android assistant void with Bixby, which was announced earlier this year for the Galaxy S8 but has yet to make a full roll out. If Samsung manages to take this advantage and introduce notifications systems and handover capabilities between "Vega" and its Galaxy and Note devices, it has the potential to create a system that minimizes gimmicks and distinguishes itself.
It seems that every major company is now obliged to release a smart speaker.
First we had Amazon Echo, then Google Home, then Apple HomePod. The Bixby speaker is said to feature media casting, Apple's AirPlay and Google Cast. The smart speakers can wirelessly connect to all smart gadgets including refrigerators, Closed Circuit TeleVision (CCTV) and Air Conditioners, among others via smart network hub. In the growing market of AI-powered assistants, Samsung is the latest entrant with its Bixby. There could also be communication issues and language barrier between engineers at Samsung's research centre in the USA and the South Korea headquarters.
The time has already come when it's pretty glaring that Bixby's voice activated function still hasn't launched in English speaking countries.style="text-align: center;"