10 August 2018
At this year's Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung was expected to announce the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch which it did but it also had a surprise announcement for everyone. It is the Galaxy Home smart speaker which was a part of the rumors for so long and has finally been introduced officially.
We are using the word 'introduce' instead of 'launch' because Samsung only shared a glimpse of what the Galaxy Home is about. It showcased the product in real but did not go into many details. In terms of appearance, it definitely stands out from the crowd of other smart speakers like Google Home, Apple HomePod, and Amazon Echo. It looks like a vase but also has three metallic legs which act like a stand.
It is powered by Samsung's own digital assistant Bixby and should be capable of almost all those tasks which a user is capable of doing with Bixby on a smartphone. It has six in-built speakers fine-tuned by AKG which is simply because Samsung is hoping to deliver the best sound experience to users. It also has eight microphones so that it can hear the voice command even from a far distance in the room. There is also a feature called Steer Sound which when enabled will always direct the sound to the user depending on his position in the room. On the top, you will find a display which can be used for controlling the music playback and other stuff.
This is pretty much what Samsung revealed about the Galaxy Home. All other details including pricing and availability information have now been saved until the annual developer conference of the company. It goes without saying that Samsung is working towards building an ecosystem of its hardware and software products/services. But that also means it would be competing with the likes of Google, Amazon, and Apple which already have a heads up in the field. While chances of Samsung's success look quite low at the moment, it is a battle which will definitely be worth keeping an eye on.