Bixby fans, rejoice. DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile phone division, has confirmed at the Mobile World Congress that the company's rumored Bixby speaker will come out sometime in the second half of the year, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Samsung confirmed that it was working on the smart speaker last August, and December rumors linked to a release sometime in the first half of 2018 for about $ 200, although it seems that the rumored release date has slipped to the second half of the year.
There is not much information yet about what the Bixby speaker will look like or what it will be able to do, but presumably, Samsung will look to unite the device as a central hub for its SmartThings smart home system, in addition to the usual plethora of smart speaker features such as music, reminders, timers and curiosities.
Koh told the WSJ: "I want to focus on more premium" for the next speaker. That could indicate an intention to try to compete at the higher end of the smart speaker market against devices like HomePod recently introduced by Apple, unlike Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot.