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Samsung;'s new Bixby AI

Samsung is working on a smart speaker powered by its new Bixby voice assistant, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The company doesn’t want to be left begin the Artificial Intelligence (AI) game as Companies lie Amazon, Apple and Google have their own speakers and personal digital assistants. The project is said to be codenamed Vega, but little more is known about the device; its features and specifications are apparently yet to be decided, much less a release date.

The smart speaker will utilize Bixby, Samsung infant digital assistant that was recently launched in the Galaxy s8. The Vega project’s development is reportedly being slowed by the progress of Bixby itself. Bixby’s development has however slowed down the project with Voice support started to roll out in preview form last month for a selected few.

The WSJ now says Samsung sees the full release of Bixby voice support as “unlikely before the second half of July.”

Microsoft is also enabling a range of similar devices powered by Windows 10, while Asian companies like Alibaba and Line are preparing to launch their own products soon.