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Here is Samsung’s official statement about the Galaxy Home’s release

While Samsung has been pretty quiet on the Galaxy Home ever since it was unveiled more than a year ago, we’ve seen plenty of indications recently that the elusive Bixby-powered smart speaker may finally be on its way to retail shelves. We had been hoping that Samsung would announce release dates for the Galaxy Home at the ongoing developer conference in San Jose, California, but while the company didn’t do that, it did decide to show off the Galaxy Home Mini for the first time.

And when we pressed Samsung on information on the Galaxy Home and Galaxy Home Mini’s retail launch, here’s what we were told:

“The smart speaker plays an integral role in Samsung’s vision to make lives simpler and more convenient through the Internet of Things (IoT). Through a beta test program for Galaxy Home and Galaxy Home Mini, we have listened to valuable feedback from consumers and are now in the process of evaluating the results of the beta test. We will look forward to sharing more details on the product availability soon.”

Unfortunately, the company’s official statement doesn’t put us any closer to finding out a timeframe for when we will be able to purchase either of the two smart speakers. Given how Bixby is still in its infancy compared to established voice assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa, we’re guessing Samsung doesn’t want to say anything concrete about the Galaxy Home’s availability unless it knows the speaker and Bixby are ready to take on its competitors.

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Gunter2
Gunter2

I have Samsung smart appliances in the home including fridge, air conditioning, washing machine, tv etc and we use our phones to control them. A Galaxy home would be the next logical step but I feel a bit wary about having an always listening device in the house, particularly given the big flaws found in the Google Home speaker, where not only it was recording without permission but even human Google contractors were actually listening in, until they were caught, and it stopped, or did it really stop?. I’m not sure it’s worth the privacy risk. At least you have… Read more »

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o0MHJ0o

Considering Bixby still is STILL unable to check for software updates, turn on/off fast wireless charging and a plethora of other functions it used to do. I’m really not excited for Bixby anymore. Maybe if I get more SmartThings compatible devices, it might be more useful but at the moment. It’s really lacking.

Gunter2
Gunter2

A good point. I do have smart things compatible fridge, washing machine, air conditioning, tv of course and other things like lighting, and we use the phones to control. It’s the privacy issue of an always listening device that worries me a bit.

Galaxy Notice
Galaxy Notice

Why would you ask Bixby to turn on/off wireless charging in the first place?