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Now supported in the U.K., Canada, Australia, South Africa, and many other countries in addition to the U.S. and South Korea, Bixby currently works only in Korean and U.S. English.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review) was one of the better releases this year, but its Bixby assistant was left in a very unfinished state, despite the inclusion of a dedicated button for the service. "The expansion of Bixby's voice capabilities is an initial step in the continued rollout of Bixby functionality". Bixby's deep integration is also built into the smartphone settings; plus, it also understands the way users actually speak, ask questions and make requests.

DJ Koh, the president of Samsung's mobile division, told CNBC on Wednesday that the company is working on a smart speaker.

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Google said it is also offering free delivery on Google Express as long as orders are above each store's minimum. Google and Walmart announced a new partnership by adding Walmart into the Google Home speaker ecosystems.

Samsung is jumping into the crowded smart speaker market and will soon launch a product that will put it in direct competition with tech giants including Amazon and Google.

Samsung has expanded availability of its voice assistant Bixby's voice capabilities to more than 200 countries globally. Issues for Bixby included the difficulty translating Bixby into languages besides English and the program's lack of accumulated user experience compared to older assistant programs like Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. This can be done by visiting Galaxy Apps, tapping the ellipsis (...) in the top right corner, choosing "update" and tapping the update icon on the Bixby-related apps/services.

For observers, it's not the first time that Samsung has been tied to rumored development on its own smart speaker.


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