We still have yet to see what Samsung’s Bixby smart speaker will look like, but the company’s president, DJ Koh, has confirmed it will arrive in the second half of the year.
Although few details are known about the device, Samsung is expected to make the smart speaker a hub for its SmartThings platform, featuring deep integration with Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, offering the ability to set reminders, timers, and more.
Samsung officially confirmed the speaker’s existence at its Galaxy Note 8 event last year, promising the device would be available soon. Koh previously said he wanted to create a “fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices.”
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Koh said the idea behind the Bixby speaker was to “focus on more premium.” That suggests the device will do battle with the HomePod and Home Max.
As a smart speaker, Bixby will be a central part of Samsung’s upcoming speaker. When the Korean company’s digital assistant first became available, it was severely underdeveloped, but it has since evolved into a very powerful technology.
As of right now, it’s unclear how much the speaker will cost. With a promised release during the second half of this year, perhaps it’ll arrive alongside the next Galaxy Note.