Samsung Galaxy Home

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Samsung Galaxy Home/Home Mini
DeveloperSamsung Electronics
ManufacturerSamsung Electronics
Product familyGalaxy series
TypeSmart speaker
Generation1st
Sound3 mid-range and high-range speakers tuned by AKG, subwoofer, 8 far-field microphones
InputTouch screen, voice commands via Bixby
ConnectivityWiFi and Bluetooth[1]
Websitewww.samsung.com/us/explore/galaxy-home/

The Samsung Galaxy Home is a smart speaker developed by Samsung Electronics.[2] It was officially announced alongside the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch on August 9, 2018,[3] but as of the start of 2022, has yet to be commercially released.

History[edit]

The Wall Street Journal reported in July 2017 that a Bixby smart-speaker, codenamed Vega, was under development.[4] It was later confirmed by Dong-Jin Koh, CEO of Samsung Electronics, in August 2017.[5]

The Galaxy Home was revealed at the Samsung Unpacked event on August 9, 2018, with more information promised during the Samsung Developer Conference in November.[6]

At the Samsung Developer Conference 2019, held in San Jose, California, they showed the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini, which launched on February 12, 2020.[7][8]

Specifications[edit]

Hardware[edit]

The Galaxy Home has a vase shape and features black cloth material with a mesh design, supported by 3 metal tripod legs.[9] The top surface has a glass touch interface with music and volume controls, and also has an illuminated ring and AKG logo.[10] There are 3 mid-range and high-range speakers and a subwoofer,[11] as well as 8 far-field microphones for voice commands.[12]

Software[edit]

The speaker features the Bixby voice assistant and can be activated by saying “Hi Bixby”.[13] Its functionality is similar to that found on mobile devices such as the Note 9.[14] The Galaxy Home can adjust its sound to adapt to its environment and also features Sound Steer, a Bixby voice command that allows the device to identify the location of the user in the room and better direct sound.[15]

The speaker features SmartThings Hub integration, allowing it to control other smart home appliances compatible with the Samsung SmartThings platform.[16] Spotify is the default music player,[17] and can be controlled via voice.[18] Audio playback can be also switched between Samsung home appliances.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samsung Galaxy Home". PCMag UK. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  2. ^ "Samsung announces Galaxy Home speaker". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  3. ^ "Samsung Galaxy Home: first look". TechRadar. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  4. ^ Martin, Timothy W. (2017-07-04). "Samsung Is Developing a Bixby-Powered Smart Speaker". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  5. ^ Kharpal, Arjun (2017-08-23). "Samsung confirms it's working on an Amazon Echo competitor". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  6. ^ "Samsung Galaxy Home: The surprise Bixby-enabled smart speaker unveiled at Unpacked 2018". Alphr. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  7. ^ "Samsung accidentally announced the Galaxy Home Mini's release date". Engadget. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  8. ^ "Samsung Galaxy Home Mini will launch in Korea on February 12 with IR capabilities". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  9. ^ SamMobile. "Samsung Galaxy Home speaker: A closer look". SamMobile. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  10. ^ "Samsung's Galaxy Home is a Bixby-powered smart speaker with legs". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  11. ^ "Samsung Teases Bixby-Powered Galaxy Home Smart Speaker". Tom's Guide. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  12. ^ "Samsung's first Bixby smart speaker is the Galaxy Home". Android Central. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  13. ^ "Samsung unveils Galaxy Home smart speaker with Bixby". VentureBeat. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  14. ^ "Samsung Galaxy Home smart speakers powered by Bixby announced | Gadgets Now". Gadget Now. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  15. ^ "Samsung teases Galaxy Home smart speaker w/ Bixby and SmartThings". 9to5Google. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  16. ^ Haselton, Todd (2018-08-09). "Spotify jumps on Samsung partnership news". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  17. ^ "Galaxy Home is Samsung's HomePod competitor". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  18. ^ "Samsung announces Galaxy Home speaker with Bixby smart assistant". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  19. ^ "Samsung's smart home devices can pick up Spotify streams from your phone". Engadget. Retrieved 2018-08-11.

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