Samsung announced the Galaxy Home yesterday during an event in New York. This smart speaker has the Bixby voice assistant, but according to the Korean manufacturer, it is mainly about premium audio quality.
Samsung Galaxy Home
The Samsung Galaxy Home is a speaker with voice assistant, as we have seen in recent months have seen. Among others, the Google Home, Apple HomePod and Amazon Echo are competitors of the Galaxy Home. The version of Samsung is slightly larger than its competitors, stands on three legs and has six built-in speakers and a subwoofer. There are also eight microphones available to catch the voice commands.
Although the speaker is about the smart Bixby speech assistant, the focus is also on optimal audio playback. To do so, Samsung uses techniques developed by the Harman acquired in 2016. This includes JBL and AKG. A unique feature is ‘Soundsteer’. Users can pronounce the command “Hi Bixby, Soundsteer”, after which the audio playback is directed towards the user.
Furthermore, the Galaxy Home is compatible with the SmartThings smart home platform from Samsung and you can stream music through Spotify. The Spotify integration goes deeper than we have seen with other parties. Samsung works together with the service to automatically and seamlessly play your music wherever you need it. Play your music on your Note 9 as you enter, then the music can be taken directly to TV. If you walk to the kitchen, you will be automatically asked if you want to play the music on a compatible device (from Samsung) in the kitchen. Of course you can use Bixby to control your linked smarthome products, answer questions, control media and much more. When the Galaxy Home appears on the market and what has to be paid for is not yet clear.