Samsung company also launched three new smartwatches and the new edition of its truly wireless earbuds. What seemed missing from the massive event was the company’s rival to Apple’s HomePod, the Galaxy Home smart speaker. Launched back in August last year, Samsung’s Galaxy Home is now expected to launch in April this year.
Samsung’s head of mobile business, DJ Koh, told CNET that the much-awaited Galaxy Home smart speaker will launch by April this year. The Bixby-powered speaker was revealed alongside the Galaxy Note 9 last year
the Galaxy Home smart speaker aims to take on Apple HomePod with a focus towards better sound quality. Samsung says it worked with Harman, its subsidiary, to help create a speaker that offers good sound quality.
Samsung’s smart speaker is powered by the company’s virtual assistant Bixby. Users will be able to control the smart speaker using voice commands. Galaxy Home will act as a hub for the company’s SmartThings platform. Samsung claims its smart speaker can also ‘steer’ the sound towards the direction of the person.
Late last year, there were speculations that Samsung could be possibly working on a smaller variant of the Galaxy Home.
It’ll be interesting to see how Samsung takes on the crowded smart speaker market. Amazon and Google are currently market leaders (in terms of shipments) in the smart speaker market with their Echo and Home speakers respectively. Apple is expected to launch a new variant of its HomePod speaker this year.