Samsung Galaxy Home 'mini' makes its way through the FCC

Joanna Estrada
May 22, 2019

The rumored Samsung Galaxy Home Mini received certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to a filing made public today. The bottom line is we still don't know when exactly the Galaxy Home will be launched on the market, despite the hints provided by a handful of Samsung officials over the last couple of months. The certification confirms a previous report that Samsung is working on a smaller version of its unreleased Galaxy Home speaker. The fact that it has been through the FCC already suggests that its release may not be that far off. This leads us to ask the obvious question: Where's the Galaxy Home? We exclusively reported two weeks ago that the Galaxy Home hasn't been discontinued. Described as an "AI speaker", not much is known about the device, though the FCC did test it on Wi-Fi b/g/n networks.

It makes sense for Samsung to work on a smaller version of the Galaxy Home. Samsung calls it an "AI speaker" in its filing, which nearly certainly means it packs everyone's favorite ineffectual virtual assistant, Bixby.

There's a port around back that looks like it's microUSB, which would put this speaker somewhere between a Google Home Mini and regular Google Home in size. AKG, Samsung's premium audio brand, is visible on the top of the device. Of course, both will be powered by Samsung's Bixby digital assistant, something that many will probably find unacceptable.

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