Samsung Opens Up Beta Testing for Galaxy Home Mini in South Korea
Over a year has passed since Samsung first unveiled the full-sized Galaxy Home smart speaker during the Galaxy Note 9 event in New York City, and now it seems a new, mini Bixby-powered version is on the way. Today, Samsung invited South Korean Samsung members who are 14 years or older to apply for the Galaxy Home Mini beta program through the company’s official website, reported SamMobile. Applications are open now and will close on Sept. 1. Those who are selected for the program will receive a smart speaker ahead of launch for beta testing.
From the few details that can be gathered from the beta program announcement written in Korean, it appears that the Home Mini can control IoT devices, integrate with Samsung’s SmartThings platform, and use sound technology from Samsung’s AKG audio brand. The bulbous shape with soft-touch fabric looks vastly similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo Dot.
The ever-so-quiet announcement was Samsung’s first official acknowledgment of the Galaxy Home Mini, although an FCC filing from a few months back pointed to the fact that it was most definitely in the works. Now, if Samsung can assemble a strong team of early adopters to effectively test the device, it could hit shelves sooner rather than later. But based on the speed of the original Galaxy Home’s launch, you shouldn’t hold your breath.
Samsung doesn’t appear to have a beta program in place for the full-size Galaxy Home, and they declined to even mention the device in the Galaxy Home Mini beta program announcement. The speaker was originally set to launch in the first half of this year, but was delayed to the “mid-second half of the year” or in the third quarter ending with September. Now, Samsung is saying that they are working to “refine and enhance” the Galaxy Home before it makes its initial launch.