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Bixby-powered Samsung Galaxy Home Smart Speaker: A Mix of Elegant design and Surround Sound delivered by Six Built-in Speakers

Samsung is confident that Galaxy Home smart speaker is meant to combine amazing sound and elegant design

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Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker is meant to combine amazing sound and elegant design. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Voice is the next big platform and sensing immense opportunities, Samsung with Bixby -powered Galaxy Home smart speaker has now forayed into the smart speaker market where Amazon Echo with in-built Alexa, Google Home with Assistant and Apples Home Pod with Siri are currently calling the shots.

Not any more, simply because Samsung “Galaxy Home” smart speaker with an in-built Samsung voice assistant Bixby, showcased here during the flagship Galaxy Note 9 launch, has upped the ante with a promise of surround sound-style audio with six built-in speakers and a subwoofer.

Elevated by three stout metal legs, the device looks like a mini space capsule, wrapped in black fabric with a flat top housing touch-enabled control buttons.

Just say “Hi Bixby” and it will play your favourite songs, tell the weather outside or fix appointments just like the current smart speakers do.

Three metal legs ensure the device can be kept anywhere at home – even in a cosy corner on the floor – while other smart speakers do need a desk or tabletop.

Although Bixby needs to leverage more capabilities compared to Alexa or Google Assistant, Samsung is confident that the smart speaker is meant to “combine amazing sound and elegant design”.

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Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker with Three metal legs ensure the device can be kept anywhere at home – even in a cosy corner on the floor – while other smart speakers do need a desk or tabletop. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The global smart speaker market is growing by leaps and bounds and is estimated to hit around $3 billion in 2018 – and reaching nearly $12 billion by 2023.

The global smart speaker market is growing by leaps and bounds and is estimated to hit around $3 billion in 2018 – and reaching nearly $12 billion by 2023.

In the first quarter of 2018, Amazon and Google accounted for 70 per cent share of the global smart speaker shipments, with Apple selling 600,000 Home Pods in the period.

According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, global smart speaker shipments reached 9.2 million units in the first quarter.

With 43.6 per cent market share, Amazon shipped an impressive four million smart speakers during the quarter and Google had 26.5 per cent market share with 2.4 million sales.

Chinese giant Alibaba shipped 700,000 million units and garnered 7.6 per cent market share.

Today’s smart speakers are by no means the finished article but they have captured the consumer imagination.

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“We are clearly heading towards a time in the not too distant future when voice becomes a standard mode of technology interaction alongside established approaches like keyboard, mouse and touch screen,” said David Watkins, Director at Strategy Analytics.

To begin with, Samsung can focus on markets such as the US, UK, Canada and Australia where smart speakers are selling like hot cakes.

In India too, people are getting warmed up to smart speakers, making them a must-have in their drawing rooms.

To give Bixby more power, Samsung has partnered with the music streaming service Spotify.

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To give Bixby powered Galaxy home smart speaker more power, Samsung has partnered with the music streaming service Spotify . Image: Wikimedia Commons

The partnership makes Spotify easily accessible to seamlessly sync and transfer music, playlists and podcasts across Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch and Smart TV products – and smart speaker is next on the list.

Samsung, which is now building an entire ecosystem around smart phones and smart home devices, is yet to reveal the official date for Galaxy Home launch but when it does, ‘Hi Bixby’ will be some challenge to the existing voice assistants.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Launch Postponed in China: Report

The Galaxy Fold is expected to be priced around Rs 1,40,790 in India

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FILE - The Samsung Galaxy Fold phone is shown on a screen at Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Unpacked event in San Francisco, Feb. 20, 2019. Samsung says it will look into some reports of flickering or cracking screens. VOA

Samsung has postponed the Galaxy Fold’s launch events in Hong Kong and Shanghai, which were originally scheduled for April 23 and 24, days after some units of the $2,000 foldable phone encountered major display issues.

“The firm is blaming the decision on a last minute issue with the venue, according to someone claiming to be familiar with the matter.

“But that seems a little too convenient seeing as the handset has been under heavy fire all week, after a number of units broke after being in the hands of reviewers for less than a day,” the SamMobile reported late on Sunday.

Tech reviewers from renowned media brands like The Verge and the CNBC noted issues like screen flickering, display distortion and unexplainable bulges bugging the industry-first device, reports said last week.

The handset maker obviously doesn’t want to associate these delays with the broken review units, but given the timing, chances are Samsung wants to buy more time to address these issues before the next wave of shipments, according to the Engadget.

Sub-titling the review “Yikes”, The Verge said that the flaws were “distressing to be discovered just two days after receiving the review unit”.

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DJ Koh, president and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications, holds up the new Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone during an event, Feb. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. VOA

Defending its devices just days before its roll-out, a Samsung spokesperson assured that the firm would “thoroughly inspect” the units.

The super-expensive foldable smartphone was launched during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February followed by Huawei launching its own foldable phone, the Mate X.

According to market research firm Gartner, foldable phones would make up 5 per cent of high-end phones sales by 2023 with around 30 million units.

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The phone comes with the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds into a compact device with a cover display that is capable of opening up to three active apps simultaneously on the main display.

The Galaxy Fold is expected to be priced around Rs 1,40,790 in India. (IANS)