As if the smart home market wasn’t competitive enough already, Samsung just unveiled a new device called the Galaxy Home speaker. It first appeared during their Galaxy Note 9 event taking place in New York City. Really, we’ve known about the speaker for a while now — this is just our first time laying eyes on it.
It’s powered by Harman’s AKG audio technology, and houses Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant.
What is Samsung’s Galaxy Home Speaker?
The Galaxy Home speaker resembles a cauldron or stemless wine glass perched atop a tripod.
Right off the bat, it’s important to note that there are no details on release date or prices just yet. It looks like Samsung is keeping that information close to the chest, at least until launch.
What we can see, however, is the visual design alongside mention of some of the more prominent features.
Outside of looks, the Galaxy Home smart speaker doesn’t appear to be much different from Google Home, Amazon’s Echo devices or Apple’s HomePod. It is, after all, a speaker outfitted with various “smart” functions.
The Galaxy Home speaker was unveiled on stage at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 event in New York.
It has a round design — similar to Google Home — except it’s propped up by a tripod base. Samsung says that there are eight microphones tucked inside, which allows for accurate far-field voice recognition. What does that mean? Well, apparently the speaker knows your position in a room and can direct audio towards you.
It also features the obvious voice controls, compatibility with streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, and everything else we’ve come to expect from modern smart speakers. As for whether or not Bixby is any better than the other voice assistants out there, well, that all depends on what you prefer. At this point, the playing field is pretty even.
Ultimately, the first company that can incorporate natural language recognition and speaker support into a robotic body that can actually do things — like make a sandwich — wins.