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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 Launches 3 Galaxy Wearables in India

The Galaxy Fit would be available on Flipkart and Myntra as well as Samsung e-Shop

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables in India for Rs 19,990, Rs 9,990 and Rs 2,590, respectively.

Targeted at millennials and Gen Z, the Galaxy Watch Active takes a holistic approach to monitoring exercise, sleep, stress and health.

“Galaxy Watch Active is a beautifully crafted sports watch that brings stress management and blood pressure monitoring to users. The Galaxy Fit and Fit e give users a first-time access to the ecosystem of Samsung Health with never before features like 90+ activity trackers,” Aditya Babbar, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said in a statement.

Made for all types of fitness enthusiasts, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e support active lifestyles.

With thin, lightweight form factor, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are comfortable to wear all week long, the company claimed.

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Galaxy Watch Active is available in black, silver, rose gold and deep green colours while Galaxy Fit is available in silver and black colours.

The Galaxy Fit e comes in black, white and yellow colours.

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The Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit would be available across retail stores and Samsung Opera House starting June 25. The Galaxy Watch Active would be available also on Amazon.in and Samsung e-Shop.

The Galaxy Fit would be available on Flipkart and Myntra as well as Samsung e-Shop. (IANS)