After first being unveiled last August, the Samsung Galaxy Home has been a long time coming - and now it appears we'll have wait a little longer, with Samsung confirming the smart speaker will now face a delayed launch in Q3 2019.
The official acknowledgement came from the company's CEO, Hyun-suk Kim, who told The Korean Herald what we already suspected, that the Galaxy Home will now miss the entirety of the Q2 launch window, which ends at 30 June, after already missing its initial shipping slate for April.
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Instead, we can now expect the smart speaker between 1 July and 30 September, with Kim commenting, "The Galaxy Home speaker, which will be the center of Samsung's home appliances, is planned to be launched in mid-second half of the year". That's now been clarified to mean Q3 by other Samsung executives.
Assuming there aren't any more delays, of course, there's plenty of opportunity there for Samsung to finally launch the Bixby speaker. It's expected to continue its trend of holding a dedicated event for the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 smartphone, and it also has Berlin's IFA 2019 trade show to make an announcement. It's likely we see it then.
And when the announcement eventually comes, there's a chance the Galaxy Home won't be on its own in the smart home space. We've seen consistent leaks suggest a Galaxy Home Mini is also preparing to launch, which perhaps suggests Samsung is holding the regular speaker back so the pair can enter the market at the same time.
Whatever the reason for the delay, it all means Samsung is falling further behind in the smart home sweepstakes. Whether it can gain some ground on Amazon, Google and, to a lesser extent, Apple, when the Galaxy Home speaker(s) do ship - only time will tell.