Samsung misses another self-made deadline for its Galaxy Home speaker

Will we see the Bixby smart speaker before the end of 2019?

Galaxy Home misses another release date
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With Q3 coming and going, the Samsung Galaxy Home has now officially missed a second deadline the Korean company set for its release date.

CEO Hyun-suk Kim had said in April this year that the long-awaited Bixby smart speaker would launch in Q3 of 2019, which ended for Samsung on 30 September, but the speaker is still very much AWOL.

Read this: What is Samsung's Bixby?

The Galaxy Home was announced over a year ago, in August 2018, and first expected to launch in April 2019, but was delayed late in the day, with a vague "first half of 2019" release date update then pencilled in.

Then, at the end of August, with the Galaxy Home still not on the market, Samsung began beta testing for smaller version of the speaker, the Galaxy Home Mini. If that sounds a bit like putting the cart before the horse, it does to us, too - and Samsung still hasn't issued an update on the main speaker.

In fact, the only recent mention from Samsung, as far as the full-sized Galaxy Home is concerned, was at the launch for the Galaxy Note 10, when it said it is "continuing to refine and enhance the Galaxy Home prior to launch," and that it looks forward to sharing more soon.

If and when the Galaxy Home launches (perhaps along with the Galaxy Home Mini), we'll know just how well Samsung's Bixby can stack up to veterans of the space, Alexa and Google Assistant.

With tight Spotify integration and seamless integration with Samsung's SmartThings home platform, the Galaxy Home could well be an impressive device, but it's hard to avoid the feeling that something troubling is going on behind the scenes, given the level of delays.

Via: The Verge



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