31 October 2019
If you have been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker to go on sale, your wait just stretched a bit longer. Samsung CEO (for consumer electronics products) Kim Hyun-suk has confirmed that Galaxy Home release has been delayed until Q3 2019. He revealed the proposed release date to an online Korean publication Korea Herald.
Kim was quoted as saying, “The Galaxy Home speaker, which will be the center of Samsung’s home appliances, is planned to be launched in mid-second half of the year.” It means release can happen as soon as the next month but since its the third quarter, it can even be as long as until September 2019. There have been reports of Samsung working on a smaller version allegedly called Galaxy Home Mini. It is quite possible that both might get released at the same time.
The Galaxy Home was unveiled last year alongside the Galaxy Note 9 phablet. It has been about 10 months since the announcement but the actual release keeps getting delayed for unknown reasons. Samsung had initially offered a release timeline of April 2019 but as it is not hard to guess, it surpassed the same without any significant change.
It is Samsung's first smart speaker and the world's first smart speaker to be powered by Bixby. It is aimed to become the center hub for all smart home appliances, especially the ones made by Samsung itself. It boasts eight microphones, a sub-woofer, and six speakers fine-tuned by AKG for best possible sound output.
It is a direct competitor to the likes of Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod. But considering the delays as well as the progress made by rivals at the same time, the competition seems to be getting tougher for the South Korean giant. On top of this, Samsung is yet to announce the Galaxy Home pricing details which will certainly play a crucial role in determining whether users will opt for it over the competition.