Following the launch of the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch during Samsung8217;s Unpacked event, the company has announced its long-awaited speaker. Offering tight integration with Spotify, the table top speaker will launch 8220;soon8221; according to Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy speaker – design and hardware
The device arrives with a premium design. There8217;s a metal tripod stand and a cloth-covered speaker unit offering a built-in subwoofer for deep, rich base. There8217;s natural sound processing from Samsung-owned Harman, which the company says will make it seem as if you8217;re experiencing music at a live concert. This will also enable the speaker to optimise the sound depending on where you are in the room.
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Speaking of location, there are also eight far-field microphones designed to handle voice commands from any direction. Users will be able to say 8220;Hi Bixby8221; and the music will be directed right at them.
Samsung Galaxy Home – tight Spotify integration
Given the Apple HomePod is reliant on tight integration with Apple Music, it makes sense for Samsung to sign up a high-profile music partner too. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek was present at the Samsung keynote to explain how the streaming giant will be neatly alligned with the Galaxy Home and all Samsung devices moving forward.
For example, you can be streaming Spotify from a Galaxy Note 9 on the way home from work and easily cast that to a Samsung Smart TV when you get in. Then, it8217;ll be possible just to hit the physical 8216;play8217; button on the Galaxy Home to continue playback on that device. That interoperability might be the clincher for tech fans with other Samsung devices in their tech arsenal.
Samsung called Spotify its 8220;go-to music partner for its multi-device ecosystem,8221; and promised this was a long-term commitment from both parties. It8217;ll be really interesting to see how this plays out when the Galaxy Home goes on sale..
Samsung Galaxy Home – smart home skills
As with the other smart speakers on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Home is tightly integrated with the company8217;s SmartThings platform. There8217;s a SmartThings Hub built-in to the speaker, giving users voice controls over an array of compatible smart home devices, via the Bixby assistant.
Samsung Galaxy Home – price and release date
Samsung hasn8217;t announced price or release date, so fans may be in for a HomePod-style wait for the Galaxy Home to hit the market. Judging by the design, it may be prudent to expect a price point closer to the HomePod8217;s £319, rather than the £99 Amazon Echo.
On first impressions does the Galaxy Home speaker look like it8217;ll challenge the Amazon, Google and Apple smart speakers? Has Bixby improved enough to make it happen? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter.
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