Samsung is developing its own kind of voice-activated smart speaker incorporating its Bixby virtual assistant to take on Amazon Echo, Google Home and HomePad by Apple. In order to do so, Samsung needs that extra knowledge to train Bixby’s deep learning system. Here are the details you want to know about the system.
Rumors spread regarding a speaker-based voice assistant device with a Samsung or Bixby logo also being in the works have circulated for a good long while now, and it seems that the company is again working to bring its own solution to market. The market for speaker boxes that listen for commands or requests continues to grow with the likes of Amazon and Google already and Apple set to join the fraw in December with its own HomePad.
Why not Samsung, making it’s smart speaker powered by Bixby, which is still in its early stages and additional information is unknown as yet. As Samsung utterly needs data before Bixby is ready for English speakers. Its AI assistant doesn’t actually have enough info to speak in other languages. While Samsung hasn’t still enabled Bixby voice features in English despite promising a launch in the spring.
Apparently, it’s down to a lack of info, but a spokesperson tells the Korea Herald that the company just doesn’t have enough “big data” to make its AI-powered voice assistant available in languages besides Korean. So it defnitely needs that extra knowledge to train Bixby’s deep learning system before launch.
As it borne out by US beta testing, Samsung says there have been some “unsatisfactory” responses so far. Set to use its new Bixby assistant at its heart, the new device is still under development inside Samsung and as such there is no expectation yet as to when it may become available public.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the project is most literally in the works.
Samsung is developing a voice-activated speaker powered by its digital assistant Bixby, according to people familiar with the matter, joining a proliferating arms race in tabletop devices.
The timing is far from determined, the people said. The English-language version of Bixby has been delayed and they said many of the speaker’s features and other specifications are yet to be decided. But the project—internally code-named “Vega”—has been going on for more than a year, several of the people said.
Smart speakers are still in its nascent stage and Samsung’s entry would possibly come at a time when this device has a strong influence in the market. More players joined the smart speaker system race as Harman Kardon announced Invoke, a Cortana-based speaker. Soon after Andy Rubin introduced its intelligent Home speaker called the “Essential Home.”
Alibaba is also reportedly working on a Home speaker but it would remain exclusive to China as communication would be in Mandarin language. Then the likes of HP Inc and Intel joins. No wondering that Samsung is interested in joining this growing innovation of smart speakers, but the slow progression of Bixby raises several questions as the South Korean giant is still unable to make the AI assistant function fully.
Even with this apparent confirmation that a Bixby-powered home assistant is being worked on, it is still very possible that it may never see the light of day. As the WSJ confirmed, a similar product wad indeed under making inside Samsung previously, with a launch for early 2015 canned following the discovery of technical difficulties preventing the device’s release.
Vega is only the latest of Samsung’s speaker projects, which go back years, according to people familiar with the matter. The company had once planned to debut one code-named “Hive” in March 2015 at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, the people said, but it was quietly shelved over software issues including problems with voice recognition.
The mentioned could be a problem for Project Vega as well, with the Bixby that is inside the Galaxy S8 smartphone still not fully baked. We expect it to fully roll out there prior Samsung dips its toe into the water with a home assistant as well, which hasn’t confirmed it, but it makes sense given the work involved in supporting English.
Nevertheless, the delay effectively puts Samsung’s grand plans for Bixby on hold. which it can’t bring Bixby to other devices properly, or at all, without voice support. What good would that rumored smart speaker be if you couldn’t take to it? Until the assistant is fully functional in numerous countries, it can’t be a centerpiece for Samsung’s product strategy.
“The beta version of Bixby in English was released for some consumers in the US but the results haven’t been satisfactory”
Samsung is expected to launch in English version of Bixby latest by Fall? Stay tuned for more!
(source: The Wall Street Journal)
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