[UPDATED WITH VIDEO] Here’s the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini in the flesh
It’s been over a year since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Home. The company’s Bixby-powered smart speaker has still not been released. While we’ve all been waiting for it, Samsung went ahead and made another smart speaker, which we had exclusively revealed to be the Galaxy Home Mini.
Samsung hasn’t even released the Galaxy Home Mini to the public but it did start a beta testing program for the device in South Korea two months ago. The company has the mini speaker on display at the Samsung Developer Conference 2019 that’s currently underway in San Jose, California.
Samsung shows off the Galaxy Home Mini at SDC 2019
Samsung gave users in South Korea the opportunity to sign up for the speaker’s beta program until September 1. Once they’re approved, they will receive the speaker ahead of its planned release. The idea here is that Samsung would test the device in a real-world environment with a select group of users before releasing the device.
No such beta program was announced for any other country or for the Galaxy Home for that matter. So even though the speaker has shown up in California, there’s little to suggest that a beta program might be opened Stateside as well.
Samsung still hasn’t confirmed when it plans on launching these products. It has certainly been a long wait for those who have been waiting to pick one up. The last we heard from the company about this was that a release was likely in the mid second-half of 2019. Whether or not Samsung releases the Galaxy Home speakers before the end of this year remains to be seen. Unfortunately, the company didn’t talk about its long-awaited smart speaker during its SDC keynote today.
— SamMobile (@SamMobiles) October 30, 2019