While I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Slashgear is reporting that the Samsung Bixby speaker will be delayed until late this year. Samsung will be wanting to enter the competitive
wiretap smart speaker market, however DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division told the Wall Street Journal “I want to focus on more premium,” whatever that means.
Even so, smart home integration is almost certain to be included. Samsung also owns SmartThings, and using the Bixby speaker to operate Internet of Things devices and connected home products like lights and remote-controlled vacuums is an obvious option. This new timeline for the device could even see it launch alongside the Galaxy Note 9, which we’re expecting to see debut late in the year.