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Samsung debuts its funky Galaxy Home Bixby-powered speaker

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The gallery of images here shows the newest in new stock wallpapers from Samsung for the Galaxy Note 9. This shortcut is set by default, but you can customize it to launch any app the Note 9 has to offer.

Today Samsung announced its first smart speaker with the Bixby virtual voice assistant, the Galaxy Home The announcement was made at the company's Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York, alongside the Galaxy Note 9 phone.

Without a doubt, these two will be the hard-hitters on the smartwatch scene which is already mostly dominated by those two's previous product offerings - the various Apple Watch and Samsung Gear watches out there are usually our go-to recommendations to potential buyers, and rightfully so. After a robust decade of growth, demand is cooling as consumers wait longer to replace devices, even as cheaper Chinese brands flood the market and chip away at Samsung and Apple's longstanding dominance.

"Global Premium smartphone market contributes to nearly one fifth of the total smartphone market and the Note series is likely to do well in the segment", said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research.

In fact, it turns out that Samsung's plus-sized Note range of phones actually commands the most loyal fan base. Advance access starts August 9th, and for the next few days all Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab S3 users will be able to download and install the game. Recall the Note 9 comes with an IP68 waterproof build. The blue phone has a yellow pen, which can be stored in a slot in the bottom of the phone. It starts at $999.99 and will be available August 24. The only real sacrifice is in your wallet since it costs around $1,000.

The trademark feature of the Note series is the S Pen stylus. Just as expected, it's Bluetooth capable now, which lets it function as a remote shutter for your camera or a clicker for PowerPoint presentations or slideshows.

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"As a result of a late start, it will be hard for Samsung to compete with Amazon and Google in the short term", Kozak said. It will charge in less than a minute. That's a 21 percent increase over the 3,300 mAh battery, and a 500 mAh increase over this year's S9 Plus.

In a nod to the battery fires that forced the company to recall and discontinue the Note 7, Samsung reiterated that its eight-point battery check that was instituted after that debacle remains in place.

According to her, the industry will have to wait and watch for the Galaxy Note 9 to pick up pace with its discounted predecessor now selling in highly competitive and price-sensitive India market.

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is out a day later. Those who preorder may also opt for a special Fortnite skin and voucher for the app's in-game currency. Non-gamers can choose to get headphones from AKG instead. Buying the Note 9 through Paytm Mall will fetch you INR 6,000 cashback as well.

Samsung's latest device enters the ring at a time of slowing smartphone demand globally and a disappointing performance by its cousin, the Galaxy S9. You know that. Samsung knows that. You can still use it to write, click and draw on the Note 9 if you wish - though that sort of thing has never really appealed to me. It's only a 0.2-inch difference, but more screen real estate is more screen real estate.

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