Samsung has been developing a speaker based on its own digital assistant, Bixby, for awhile. But today, we're getting our first look at it. During the company's Galaxy Note 9 event in New York City, Samsung finally revealed the Galaxy Home smart speaker, a clear rival to the Apple HomePod, the Google Home and the Amazon Echo line. The device, which features the rumored tripod design with a round body, is powered by Harman's AKG audio and was engineered to "make music sound amazing."
Of course, since this is a smart speaker, after all, you'll be able to use your voice to control it. Samsung says there are eight microphones built in for far-field voice recognition, which will make it possible for it to hear your commands from long distances within your home or office. If you say things like, "Bixby, sound steer," the Galaxy Home will calibrate its audio and direct it at you. In the future, through a new partnership between Samsung and Spotify, you'll have the ability to play music from the streaming service on the Home.
There are no pricing or availability details right now, but Samsung says we'll learn more about the Galaxy Home at its Developer Conference in San Francisco later this year.
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