Samsung had at one point aggressively pushed its digital voice assistant Bixby in the US market. The company had to beat a hasty retreat following a spate of complaints from users that it was not able to understand the way the words were pronounced in the US. The company did not make any serious attempt after that. There is now a news report that the company is planning to launch its home speaker Samsung Galaxy Home Mini in its home market South Korea with Bixby at the center of its operation.
Announcement Appears and is Taken Down
In an interesting development, the announcement on the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini was noticed on the company’s website but later taken down. The post that was in the Korean language had described the product with details on how Bixby would help with controlling devices with the Galaxy Home Mini. There was also the mention that the device is being launched in the country on February 12. As you are aware, the Galaxy Unpacked event will be held in San Francisco on February 11. The reason for taking down this post from the Samsung website is not clear.
IR Remote Control to be Part of the Supply
Another interesting piece of information about this product is that Samsung has added a remote control to the speaker to help the user make finer adjustments to the settings. This may appear as unusual for a voice-controlled device. The company might have received feedback from the user community that they were not comfortable changing the volume levels or switching tracks being played through the home speaker using voice commands.
Not Sure When the Galaxy Home Mini will be Released in the US
According to the announcement, the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini is limited to the South Korean market. There is no clarity if the device will find its way into the US market and if so when. Bixby was originally developed for voice commands in the Korean language. Modifications have been made to enable it to function with English commands as well. However, the use of words in English and the pronunciation differs wildly from country to country even among the nations where English is the main language spoken. This has added to the burden of the developers of Bixby and the machine learning process needs to be worked on for it to deliver a smooth performance. The company will have to contend with some well-entrenched players in the US market like Amazon and Google.