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Galaxy Home continues inching towards release, pops up in Smart Things

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Last updated: October 15th, 2019 at 16:53 UTC+02:00

Yet more evidence suggesting the Galaxy Home smart speaker is just around the corner emerged this week, this time through Samsung’s own Smart Things app. As seen in the image below, shared with us on Twitter by one of our readers, the Smart Things setup process now features imagery of the Galaxy Home, strongly hinting that the smart speaker’s market debut should be just around the corner.

Galaxy Home teasers continue with no firm launch date in sight

The Galaxy Home is one of Samsung’s most elusive smart products. It’s been more than a year since it was officially unveiled along with the Galaxy Note 9, but 2018 passed, April 2019 came and went, and there was still no Galaxy Home in sight. Rumors claimed it may have been canceled before its market debut but we exclusively debunked this, and hints of the product’s existence continued to emerge through various channels including Spotify.

The Galaxy Home is a Bixby-powered smart speaker and will be the first Samsung product of its kind. We don’t have a lot of details about its capabilities but we know it won’t be a direct Amazon Echo competitor. Instead, it will put a higher emphasis on audio quality, and AKG will play a role in tuning the directional audio speakers.

Samsung has been very quiet about the Galaxy Home but it doesn’t seem like it ever stopped developing the product. It’s unclear why the company decided to push back the original April 2019 release. Even the Galaxy Fold made a return to the market in the meantime, and that product’s original launch was marred by glaring technical issues and negative press coverage.

Whatever the reasons behind the Galaxy Home’s delay may be, we seem to perpetually be getting closer to the release of the product and there’s a chance that it will be unveiled later this month at SDC. Kim Hyun-suk, CEO of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics Division previously stated that the Galaxy Home should hit the shelves in the second half of the year, and the holiday season is looming.

We’ll keep you up to speed once we find out more about the Galaxy Home’s whereabouts. Stay tuned and feel free to let us know in the comment section if you still have an interest in Samsung’s upcoming Bixby-powered smart speaker.

Thanks for the tip, @BattagliaMilo

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