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So one article this week is boasting how Harman’s Bixby speaker is going to be the best ambient voice device. Samsung does bring a lot of assets:

  • IOT knowledge through SmartThings
  • Developers tools through ARTIK
  • AI / NLU form Viv
  • Speaker knowledge from Harman

For a true ecosystem, however, Samsung might need to start to gobble up services that are used by consumers and that’s a tall order. While Amazon and Microsoft announced Alexa and Cortona working together, a much better match would have been with Samsung. Microsoft could bring the applications and partners. For any Bixby speaker to be better than Google Home or the Echo, it needs to have these.

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