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Galaxy Home Mini picks up Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications

Samsung has long been working on a premium Bixby-powered smart speaker, the Galaxy Home. The device was showed off at the Galaxy Note 9 launch event last year. However, it’s still a “coming soon” product, with Samsung keeping mum about any semblance of a release date. In the meantime, the Galaxy Home Mini, which we exclusively revealed last December, seems to be nearing launch. The “AI speaker” has just been certified by the Bluetooth SIG and the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Galaxy Home Mini nearing its launch?

Samsung’s Galaxy Home Mini, bearing the model number SM-V310, has just passed the Bluetooth SIG certification process. While the listing does not reveal anything about the upcoming Bixby speaker, it does confirm that the speaker will work on Bluetooth v4.2. The Bluetooth certification comes a week after the device was certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, revealing Tizen 4.0 and support for 2.4GHz Wi-Fi on-board. Of course, with the Galaxy Home still not released, the Galaxy Home Mini may not come out anytime soon, either, despite picking up two important certifications.

When Samsung’s smart speakers do get released, they will be competing against the likes of the Google Home and Amazon Echo. These devices have been in the market for quite a long time now and come with far more refined digital assistants — Google Assistant in the former and Amazon Alexa in the latter. While Bixby has grown a lot over the last year or so, Samsung clearly needs to offer a compelling reason for buyers to switch to its digital assistant. It also needs to bring back some of the functionality Bixby lost in its first major update, and we hope that’s what the company is working on.

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locarno
locarno

Add link to the Wifi certification.

locarno
locarno

Galaxy Home have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certifications ?

locarno
locarno

“It also needs to bring back some of the functionality Bixby lost in its first major update, and we hope that’s what the company is working on.”

What functionality Bixby lost ?

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Baffles me how Samsung have integrated buying PLANE TICKETS into Bixby. But not YouTube, all of settings or even Google apps. I can’t get Bixby to check for software/app updates.
But thank god, I can get it to buy me plane tickets… Because, users are often needing to fly every day and the process is jus so long(!)

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Hey, how do you think people who can afford to have their houses full of appliances and devices that are connected to the internet get rich? By travelling a lot for their business deals, that’s how. 😛

On a serious note, yeah, Bixby really isn’t going anywhere it seems. Device control was its best feature and now it doesn’t do so many things that it did earlier. A piss poor show from Samsung with regards to Bixby and Galaxy Home.