Samsung confirms launch of Galaxy Note 9


South Korean tech giant Samsung has announced that a new Galaxy Note 9 is in production with a release date later in the year.

The company also revealed one of the new devices biggest features.

Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh confirmed the rumours during an interview at the recent Mobile World Congress where the Galaxy S9 launch had just taken place in Barcelona.

During the press conference, Koh confirmed the latest entry in the Galaxy Note series.

Koh also mentioned during the interview that the new device would come with a second-generation version of Samsung’s very own digital assistant, Bixby.

Speaking to ZDnet, Koh said, For Bixby 1.0, we focused on a fast rollout to the market.

“Expanding the ecosystem was difficult. So Bixby 2.0 will strengthen this aspect and we are working intensely.

“In December last year, we began taking applications for the public beta version.

“So far over 800 companies have applied and are testing it.

“At this speed, I think we will be able to unveil Bixby 2.0 when we launch the Galaxy Note 9.”

Based on previous release schedules current predictions have the Note 9 being released in August, which would put it ahead of the annual iPhone launch in September.

Samsung is rumoured to be working on a Bixby-power smart speaker which would also launch later in the year. Koh said about the rumoured device, “Bixby won’t be tied to a specific device.

The ultimate goal is to make it ubiquitous,” further adding, “Samsung is unique in that it has TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, phones, PCs, and almost every consumer electronics.

“We also make the module chips that go in them needed in IoT. AI speaker will also be one among them.”

Bixby is also being developed for voice match functionality akin to the Google Assistant.


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