Samsung today confirmed that it’s going to launch an artificial intelligence-powered smart speaker made by Harman in the first half of next year. In case you’re unaware, Harman International was acquired by Samsung about a year ago. Samsung’s mobile division chief Dongjin Koh confirmed during the Korean Media Day for the Galaxy Note 8 at Samsung’s Seocho Office that the company has been collaborating with Harman since the acquisition.

Yoon Boo-keun, president of the CE Business Division at Samsung, said during the IFA 2017 event last month that it’s highly likely that a competitive AI speaker will be unveiled next year by Koh.

Koh has said that it’s going to be difficult for the company to unveil the speaker at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in January as more time is needed to ensure that this project produces better results.

What this means is that Samsung may not be in a position to take the wraps off of its new smart speaker until the first half of next year so we’ll likely have to wait for quite a long time before we can see what the speaker is capable of.

Samsung is also working on researching voice recognition data technology based on cloud service, said Doh Young-soo, a managing director at Samsung’s home appliance division.

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