Samsung Might Launch A HomePod Competitor In 2018

With the advent of its own smart speaker, Samsung will enter the much crowded smart speaker market. It will sync up with Samsung gadgets, TVs and Galaxy smartphones. According to a new report by Bloomberg, the South Korean based tech giant is working on a smart speaker and is targeted to release within the first half of 2018.

The name of the smart speaker is under the curtain, but reports suggest that it would cost around $200.

The device will likely be launched in the U.S. as well as multiple other markets around the world. The speakers may not be that popular now, but the voice assistants as well as the services that are distributed through the devices allow us to take a glimpse in the future of human-computer interaction. The HomePod will be a hub for Apple to lock in users to its HomeKit smart home platform and will likely help the company increase subscriptions to its own music service.

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Last we heard, Samsung had confirmed that it's working on a Bixby-powered smart speaker, saying that it'll be launched soon.

Coming back to Samsung's upcoming smart speaker, one of its prototype versions in testing has the size between Amazon's latest Echo and Apple's HomePod. The company is considering releasing the speaker in different colours, and the prototype seen had a matte black colour. The report did not include any further details, but theoretically, you will be able to talk to your Samsung speaker to turn on lights, set the temperature in your home and more. It also, like the HomePod, lacks a screen but lights up on top for limited visual feedback.

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