- Samsung announced its first smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, during an event in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday.
- The Galaxy Home will be powered by Samsung's artificial-intelligence voice assistant, Bixby, for voice commands.
- More details are expected in November during the Samsung Developer Conference.
Samsung announced its first smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, during its event in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday.
The "smart" part comes from Samsung's Bixby artificial-intelligence voice assistant. Much as with Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant, and Apple's Siri, Bixby is designed to answer questions and perform voice-activated tasks.
So far, Bixby hasn't received the most positive reviews compared with its competition. Samsung announced several improvements to Bixby during its Thursday event, but it feels as if the company is playing catch-up with Google, Amazon, and even Apple's Siri.
The Galaxy Home is meant to be a smart-device hub, giving customers voice control over other smart devices such as door locks or lights.
As a speaker, the Galaxy Home features 360-degree sound, but it apparently can also direct sound toward a specific area rather than spreading it around a room. It also houses a subwoofer for bass.
Design-wise, it seemingly sports a fabric exterior in shape that is somewhat similar to Apple's HomePod. The major difference is the tripod stand. From the photos during Samsung's event, it looks as if it could be a fairly large device.
Samsung didn't reveal much about the Galaxy Home during its event. More details are expected in November during the Samsung Developer Conference.
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