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'Seamless integration' is a narrative that Samsung has been doubling down on since Unpacked in New York last month.

As the company continues to to its suite of smart home products, it is clearly trying to ensure that users aren't removed from the convenience of the ecosystem.

And to do that, I think they may even build a smart car.

Last week, Samsung gave us a brief glimpse into what the future of Bixby might look like. We bore witness to the Galaxy Home -- a smart speaker containing useful functionality that may be capable of challenging Amazon and Google for AI Assistant domination.

Considering Bixby's shocking track record thus far, this probably came as a bit of a surprise.

But sadly, we don't know when the Galaxy Home will be available. So what is the deal with Bixby until then? What could Samsung do in the short term to improve what is possibly the industry's most hated assistant?

Give it the voice of Samsung's CEO DJ Koh.

The theme of this week's Unpacked was connectivity. Throughout the show the notion of a Samsung 'ecosystem' with seamlessly connected devices was continuously touched upon.

Galaxy Notes. Galaxy Tabs. Galaxy Watches. The branding was strong.

This all built up to a crescendo, which was the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Home -- a brand new standalone smart speaker. Here is what we know so far.

I'm looking at a fridge that can answer the door, a rangehood that can adjust its fan with the boiling pot on the stove, a coffee table that can turn on the TV, a washing machine that knows what cycle my sweaty gym gear needs and in the corner of the room - a vase that can pickup my Spotify playlist where it left off in my car.

Samsung made a promise to have all of its products Internet of Things ready by 2020. But a simple connected home won't do, it seems. It has to be intelligent. And it has to be accessible - everywhere.

Yesterday, a report from Bloomberg came out saying that Samsung will launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the first half of 2018. This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone since DJ Koh already told CNBC back in August that the company was indeed trying to put its digital assistant, which first debuted on the Galaxy S8, into a smart speaker.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the prettiest phones you can buy right now, but it's launching as a somewhat incomplete product. Bixby, the phone's new digital assistant, doesn't yet have one if its key features -- voice recognition. This shortcoming wouldn't be so obvious if only Samsung hadn't included a new button on the side of the phone meant to launch Bixby. Thanks to some creative geekery, however, the seemingly useless button now has a purpose.

Samsung has already botched one of the most important product launches in the company's history, and it hasn't even happened yet. Samsung confirmed that its digital assistant -- Bixby -- will not respond to voice queries when it launches with the new Galaxy S8 later this month.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is very important because, as you probably know, Samsung is in a bit of trouble. The Note7 explosions from last winter continue to haunt the company, and Samsung's leadership is currently embroiled in a scandal that is, to put it gently, totally bananas. The company needs a big win lest it be consigned to the punchline of late night talkshow hosts. So let's stop talking about how bad the last six months have been for Samsung, and let's start talking about Samsung's new phone, which is available for pre-order today, and goes on sale April 28. It will retail for $1199, while the larger S8 Plus will retail for $1349.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has finally been officially introduced to the world, after a long series of leaks. Now that we know what it looks like and what its vital statistics are, here's what it's like to actually use.

Bixby is Samsung's voice agent: an AI, or assistant, or bot, or whatever you want to call it, that the company wants to work alongside touch input on your smartphone and be every bit as seamless as typing already is. It has big aspirations for its virtual assistant, and its debut on the Galaxy S8 is only the start.

The brand new Samsung Galaxy S8, just introduced to the world at Unpacked in New York, is Samsung's best phone ever. It's the most powerful, with an innovative screen and a design that's incredibly refined. It has Bixby, a voice agent that wants to be just as useful and integral to your phone as touch already is. It has a new motion-sensitive Gear VR headset and works with a new high-resolution Gear 360 camera.

At the same time, there's no one standout feature or gimmick with the new phone from the world's largest phone maker that makes you go wow -- after travelling the rocky road paved by the Galaxy Note7, Samsung is concentrating on getting the basics right with the S8 and larger S8+.