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Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker is still alive, somehow

The Bixby-powered device was a notable absentee from this week's Unpacked event.
Kris Holt, @krisholt
August 8, 2019
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While Samsung's Unpacked event was mostly about the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, a new S Pen and a Galaxy Book S laptop, plenty of observers expected some news on the fate of Galaxy Home. Samsung announced the smart speaker a year ago, but it's been beset by delays. Most recently, Samsung targeted a release window of the "mid-second half of the year" -- so perhaps sometime this quarter. The latest word is that Samsung is still working on the Bixby-powered device.

"We're continuing to refine and enhance the Galaxy Home prior to launch, and look forward to sharing more with Galaxy fans soon," the company told Engadget in a statement. So, the release date and pricing of Galaxy Home remains a bit of a mystery for now, as it's still a work in progress.

When Engadget tried the smart speaker at CES in January, it was fairly clear Samsung needed to give Galaxy Home (and Bixby) a little more polish before bringing it to stores. But while it's somewhat encouraging Samsung wants to make sure Galaxy Home is a solid product, the longer the company waits to start selling it, the more potential market share it's ceding to the likes of Amazon, Google, Apple and Sonos.

Catch up on all of the news from Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 event here!

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