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Exclusive: Galaxy Home launch markets won’t surprise you

Coming soon. Those are the words you will find on Samsung’s official website for the Galaxy Home, the company’s first Bixby-powered smart speaker. Samsung has been quiet about pricing and release date information, but we have now learned that the Galaxy Home will initially be released in the US, South Korea, and China. Also, the speaker carries model number SM-V510. We don’t, however, know when the speaker will go on sale.

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Exclusive: Galaxy Home launch markets won't surprise you

The list of initial Galaxy Home launch markets shouldn’t come as a surprise. The US, South Korea, and China were among the first markets to receive Bixby Voice support, and it makes sense the Galaxy Home will come to those markets before others as well. India was another market where Bixby Voice was released before other countries, but the Galaxy Home might not have many takers in India because of the price tag. The Galaxy Home price is not yet known, yes. But Samsung has made it clear that the Galaxy Home is a premium product that will not be priced as low as competitors like Google Home and Amazon Echo.

It will instead take on the Siri-powered Apple HomePod, with features such as premium AKG-tuned audio and full SmartThings integration. You can take a closer look at the Galaxy Home in our hands-on experience, but for a detailed look at its functionality and features, we will need to wait for the developer conference in November. You can also check out Samsung’s official Galaxy Home unveiling from the Galaxy Note 9 launch in the video below.

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VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

They are really fixated on the idea of penetrating markets that don’t need more competitors. They are asking for failure.

Wilksie
Wilksie

I think it’s more about the existing Bixby language areas.

As you talk to this, speaker, it needs to be able to understand you and as Bixby voice isn’t available in many markets, it is only useful in these areas until more languages are added.

Even the United Kingdom doesn’t have official support. We have to use Englaish (US) which does make a big difference on pronunciation.

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

When I was speaking about markets I meant things like the personal assistant market, mobile OS market etc and so far they have failed in all of them simply because there is no need for another competitor to these markets.

locarno
locarno

Tizen failed for smartphones

Wilksie
Wilksie

Oh I see… product categories.

Yes, this is an area they don’t really need to dabble with but over the years Samsung has sold many hifi/Bluetooth speakers etc in the shops and this is the same just in a different form factor. I like that it has the AKG tuning so hopefully it will sound nice.

I think it’s a good product at the wrong price. £150-£200 for this is where the price should be. They are in Apple territory and Unfortunatley Siri just wins over Bixby until Bixby gets better integration.