Samsung is said to be working on a smart speaker powered by Bixby, and with the launch, would take on Google (with the Home), Amazon (with the numerous Echo speakers), and Apple (with the recently unveiled HomePod). Separately, while Samsung was not able to meet its Spring timeline for BixbyVoice's US release, it seems like the reason for the delay has now been revealed. Samsung has reportedly said that the Bixby rollout for other languages than Korean is taking more time than initially expected due to the "lack of accumulation of big data."
Use of Big Data Analysis:
Samsung says big data is said to be an essential requirement for deep learning and the development of Bixby Voice, as pointed out in a report by
The Korea Herald. "Developing Bixby in other languages is taking more time than we expected mainly because of the lack of the accumulation of big data," a Samsung spokesperson told The Korea Herald.
Further, Samsung came to this field after other tech giants including Google, Amazon, and Apple.
Notably, Samsung Mobile Chief Koh Dong-jin earlier said that the English and Chinese versions of Bixby Voice will be launched in May and June respectively.
English Version of Bixby Voice:
While the English version of Bixby Voice is currently in beta in the US, the service's development is also taking time due to the delay in communication between the engineers at Samsung Research America in California and the headquarters in Korea.
The time difference between the two geographies is reportedly causing the delay in communication and effective development of the service.
Samsung has acknowledged that Bixby Voice's English version in the US has received mixed response from the users in beta testing "due to some unsatisfactory results in terms of responding to requests and questions."
Samsung to launch its built-in Bixby Assistant:
Despite facing all these issues regarding its digital assistant, Samsung is planning to launch its own intelligent speakers with built-in Bixby assistant, as per a report by WSJ. While the features of the intelligent speaker are known as of now, it will reportedly be called 'Vega'.
If the company does launch its intelligent speaker, it would be following the likes of Microsoft and Apple, which recently introduced their Invoke and HomePod speakers respectively.
While there is no release timeline for full rollout of Bixby Voice in the US, it is unlikely before "second half of July" as per the report, points out The Verge.
When will Bixby Voice Speaker be released?
Injong Rhee, executive vice president and head of R&D, Software and Services, Samsung Electronics, said in a blog post earlier this year, "Starting with our smartphones, Bixby will be gradually applied to all our appliances."
As the South Korean company has big plans for the digital assistant, its early hiccups might prove to be a concern if the situation doesn't improve in the coming months.