The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Samsung has been developing a wireless speaker powered by its Bixby personal assistant to take on the rival Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod devices.

Internally code-named “Vega”, the project has been in development for more than a year.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the report states that the release timing is far from determined because the device’s feature set and other specifications are yet to be decided, much less a release date.

The development is said to have been held back by the progress of Bixby itself, which already forced the South Korean firm to launch Galaxy S8 without proper support for English voice commands which rolled out in preview form last month.

According to the report, Samsung sees the full release of Bixby voice support as “unlikely before the second half of July.”

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    So they can’t get Bixby right in the phone and already working on a smart speaker? Lol

    • Mike

      Bixby voice isn’t out on phones yet. There’s a beta but there are still some things that need to be fixed. A bixby speaker would be sick because they already have a good place in the home automation portion with smartthings hub.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        They should wait until it’s out of beta and working really well to start doing that. That’s like Apple doing the Homepod back in 2011.