Samsung has now announced its first smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, at the company's unpacked event in New York, where it also announced the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone and the Galaxy Watch. This has been a highly reported on product and one that had up until now been dubbed the 'Bixby speaker,' due to the underlying smart voice assistant technology powering the Galaxy Home being Samsung's own voice assistant solution, Bixby.
While Samsung introduced the Galaxy Home during the Galaxy Note 9 launch event, Samsung did not really go into specifics on the Galaxy Home. As such the finer details are still largely unknown although it is clear that Samsung is looking to push this device as more of a quality product compared to some of the existing options already on the market. Yes, while it will be powered by Bixby, and offer a similar experience to the likes of the Google Home and Amazon Echo lines, Samsung is suggesting the sound quality on offer will be one of the main selling points in favor of the Galaxy Home. One of the reasons for the heightened quality experience will be audio tweaking by Harman and AKG.
Along with Bixby, the Galaxy Home also comes with SmartThings built-in and therefore will be immediately capable of connecting to the wider SmartThings ecosystem and controlling compatible smart home products. This is also in addition to featuring far-field voice recognition which will improve the listening capabilities of the device, allowing it to hear people more clearly, from further away, and from multiple directions. In terms of the design, the Galaxy Home looks a bit like the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio speaker as the main speaker is supported by what is effectively a metal tripod. Although in contrast to the Onyx Studio, the main Galaxy Home body is more similar in design to Google Home. During the announcement, Samsung did not specify when the Galaxy Home will become available or at what price. Although the company did state it plans to announce more details on the product during the Samsung Developer Conference – due to take place in the opening half of November.