Samsung confirms it's working on a smart speaker

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Samsung has expanded availability of its voice assistant Bixby's voice capabilities to more than 200 countries globally. Otherwise, it's also possible to set a wake-up command, such as "Hi Bixby".

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Bixby's Spotify integration will allow owners of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 to play and discover music using the service through voice commands, being able to simply tell Bixby which song, album, playlist, or station they want to listen and having the digital assistant do the rest.

Users with Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus phones can activate the AI by holding the dedicated Bixby buttons on their devices or simply saying, "Hi, Bixby".

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In another news, at the Galaxy Note 8 launch event, Samsung's Mobile President, DJ Koh, confirmed that a smart speaker is in the works and should be out soon.

The company marketed Bixby for its voice functionality, but this aspect was completely absent at launch.

Samsung plans to continue expanding Bixby's voice capabilities to additional countries, languages, devices, features and third-party applications. However, this is the first time when Samsung has outrightly confirmed the existence of such device and also confirmed its arrival. He's shy on details, as is usually the case with teases like this, but he hints that Samsung might announce it "soon". It didn't take long before another report said that Samsung might not be making a smart speaker after all. While Bixby's rough rollout could be a potential hurdle for the Vega, Samsung is likely banking on its sizable install base among smartphone - and by extension, Bixby - users to help the speaker catch up to competitors.