Samsungs first home speaker The galaxy home mini which will rival Google’s Nest and the Amazon Echo Dot is on the cusp of being released with it being announced back in August 2018 and I for one don’t think that’s such a good idea. From being an advocate Samsung fan I will be the first to tell you that Bixby is one of the worse (if not the worse) virtual assistant. It lacks many features that make it easy for Samsung customers to revert to other assistants. I would think it’s apparent that Samsung notices Bixby’s lack of popularity due to the newer devices that they sell lacks a dedicated Bixby button like It’s previous devices.
With the soon to be released release of the Galaxy Home Mini it seems Samsung hasn’t given up on their virtual assistant just yet and has been beta testing this device for months already. Samsung told the Verge that it was continuing to refine and enhance the Galaxy home mini. With a release date that was posted, but quickly deleted on the companies’ press site we may be looking at a release date for Feb 12 that suggests to me that they are close to having a decent device to present to us. Samsung’s goal with the Galaxy Home Mini is less to mimic the conversational assistant aspects that have become such a key part of products like Siri and Alexa, and to focus on creating an assistant that executes voice commands well. With the pushed release date I would recommend not holding your breath for this release date since it has been delayed multiple times, but I’m sure the galaxy home mini is in a completely different place compared to its original state a couple of years back.
The speaker looks nice, but not really standing out compared to the other smart speakers out there. It has a fabric covering around the outside, along with controls on the top for volume and playback. Like all its rivals, you speak to it to control it. Hook it up to a Wifi connection and connect it to your Samsung’s SmartThings platform, and it can control your thermostat, lights, fridge, and other internet-connected devices and appliances. If you have any Samsung devices that have been released in the last couple of years you are already familiar with AKG and the Galaxy home mini uses audio courtesy of the Samsung-owned AKG, which is known for its quality headphones.