Rumors of Samsung and Harman jointly working no an AI speaker are intensifying. Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of Harman International, told Korean media that a device was discussed behind closed doors in Berlin during the IFA 2017. According to Paliwal, the speaker would be better than Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
The closest Samsung has to a smart speaker right now – the Radiant360.
IFA 2017 saw the debut of a bunch of voice-operated electronics and Samsung even added a few smart appliances to its own lineup. Yet a smart speaker is the largest project Harman and Samsung are working together after the acquisition earlier this year.
For now, Samsung has Bixby that works on the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, along with the recently announced Galaxy Note8. The voice assistant has a dedicated button and a few cool features, but its reception hasn’t been overwhelmingly positive.
Since it is slowly rolling out in languages different than Korean or English, it needs some time and user dedication to prove itself as a feasible service and a direct competitor to Google Assistant.