Samsung is officially joining the smart speaker war. At its Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 9's grand introduction, Samsung also announced a new Bixby-powered smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, to compete directly with the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple's HomePod. SEE ALSO: Samsung's foldable phone-tablet might finally arrive in 2019 If you think Apple's HomePod is big for a smart speaker (compared to an Echo or Google Home), you're not gonna like the Galaxy Home. Not only is its mesh-covered body, which houses eight far-field microphones to pick up voice commands from across a room, much larger than a HomePod, but it's also got three metal legs to prop it up. What do you think of the design with its metal legs?
A new report claims that Samsung is working on a smart speaker that would directly compete with Google Home and Amazon's Echo devices. Samsung's speaker will be powered by Bixby, the digital assistant that was first introduced on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The new report on Samsung's rumored smart connected speaker was made The Korea Herald. The news site said that Samsung has already been granted design patents for the new standalone speaker device, and that it will most likely be powered by the company's own Bixby assistant. The report is quite accurate as IBT reported last month that Samsung was indeed granted two patents: one for a Note-branded smartphone, and another that's only called as an "Audio Device."