Samsung Galaxy Home delayed, still coming 1H 2019
First announced way back in August during the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the Samsung Galaxy Home was supposed to ship in April. However, we are now nearly into the middle of May and the device is mysteriously nowhere to be seen. Speaking to The Verge, the Korean giant didn’t offer any reason for the delay but said that it would still ship in the first half of 2019.
The Galaxy Home is targeted at Apple’s high-end HomePod and is styled accordingly. It also has its audio tuned by Samsung acquisitions AKG and Harmon, so it should offer excellent sound. The weak point, however, as with Apple’ Siri-powered HomePod will undoubtedly be its Bixby voice recognition. It is probable that this will be the main reason for the hold up as Samsung knows that this will be one of the first things reviewers will be targeting in their reviews.
Samsung, could, however compensate for Bixby’s obvious weaknesses by giving users the option to use Google’s Assistant. It wouldn’t surprise to see the Galaxy Home launch with Google Assistant as this would undoubtedly boost its utility and negate potential criticism for the device. That said, Google Assistant would need to be tailored to run on Samsung’s homegrown Tizen OS, which powers the Galaxy Home, not Android.
The smart speaker segment is differentiated from the regular Bluetooth speaker segment by the capabilities of the voice assistant and Samsung has been stung with releasing products that aren’t quite ready for market as we all know.