Samsung Electronics reportedly will launch its own voice-activated AI speaker in the year 2018 in collaboration with Harman. This latest news and development from the Korean-based company was confirmed by its co-CEO and head of the consumer electronics business.
According to GSM Arena, the company just announced that its consumer electronics division is working to combine technologies of Samsung's mobile division and audio component Harman to make the AI speaker. The launching of the said speaker is reportedly taking some time to happen but the consumers can have high expectations for this upcoming device.
Reports also added that DJ Koh, Samsung mobile boss is the one heading the project. Further, the company's virtual voice assistant Bixby will also be synced with its home appliances with the help of Samsung Connect. After the launching of its Galaxy Note 8 last month, Samsung confirmed that the company is preparing and working on a service in China in order to sync Bixby to televisions.
Just last month too, the executives of the company already hinted of this latest project as they confirmed that Samsung is preparing and developing an AI speaker. This news came after Samsung just finalized the $8 billion acquisition of Harman earlier this year.
After Samsung completed its acquisition of Harman, ZDNET reported that the two companies are already working actively. The first project of their collaboration was the LED screen for cinemas that uses Harman audio systems which Samsung also launched last July.
Reports were rife that the AI speaker business is escalating particularly in South Korea. Apart from Samsung, the SK Telecom has already introduced a portable version of its AI speaker NUGU Mini just last month too. In addition, Kakao, South Korea's chat giant is also said to be developing its own which will be called Kakao Mini.
Before Samsung will launch its AI speaker next year, Apple already revealed its Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker last June and it is said to be released December this year. Based on a research, because there is an increasing demand for virtual digital assistants at the present time, there is a possibility that they will overtake the world population by the year 2021.