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Bixby in a box —
But there’s no word on a price or release date just yet.
NEW YORK—Samsung made its long-in-the-works Bixby-powered smart speaker official at an event in New York City on Thursday.
The device is called the Galaxy Home, and at first blush it appears to be Samsung’s take on the rising trend that has seen the likes of Amazon, Google, Apple, and Sonos release home speakers with built-in digital assistants.
Samsung’s reveal was more of a teaser than an official introduction: the company didn’t make mention of a price or release date and instead committed to detailing the Galaxy Home further at the Samsung Developer Conference, which is scheduled for early November. Samsung CEO DJ Koh previously told The Wall Street Journal he wanted the company’s eventual smart speaker to be “more premium,” though, so it’s likely to be pricier than an Amazon Echo or Google Home.
Samsung did provide a few early details worth noting today. The design, for one, is certainly different: it’s a squat, circular, modestly sized speaker coated in fabric and held up by three metal legs. There are a set of touch controls for pausing, changing tracks, and adjusting volume on the top, as well as a ring of light that glows to indicate when Samsung’s digital assistant is activated. The command “Hey Bixby” is used to address the assistant.
There’s an AKG logo on top of the dev