Yesterday was the big day for Samsung. They took over Barclay’s Center to unveil new products like the Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy Watch, a new wireless charging mat, an updated version of Bixby, the voice activation software and Galaxy Home, which is their smart-home device. While all of these do have their own practical applications for music and music listeners, one thing that stood out from the presentation was Samsung’s new partnership with Spotify. As Verizon teams up with Apple Music, Spotify is shoring up its base with a phone-maker in Spotify that will make the streaming service the “go-to music service provider” for Samsung devices.
This means Spotify will be the default streaming service for Bixby when as you ask to play music. This is bigger than it sounds because if you think of when people say “Alexa play this song,” the default service it goes to is Amazon Music. With Samsung devices this will trigger Spotify accounts on TVs, their upcoming smart-home device and more.
In addition to the Spotify announcement, there were other products announced. After the Barclay’s Center event we stopped by the Samsung 837 space for an event to see some of their new products and test them out person.
The smart watch is super durable -- it can be worn while swimming and can do all the normal things you expect from a smart watch dealing with calls, texts and emails. This comes in addition to 39 different exercises like stress and sleep-tracking. It will be released on August 24. The 42 mm version costs $330, and the larger 46 mm Galaxy Watch will cost $350.
The Note 9 is an upgraded Note 8 in just about every way. It looks sleek and is easy to hold in your hand. It has a lot more storage (128GB or 512GB), a better S Pen, a bigger battery, a better camera and more. It isn’t cheap, but you can pre-order one now.
Issa Rae came out to introduce some stuff and Logic performed four songs.