Google Home Mini, Home Max Smart Speakers Launched Alongside New Features


Except for its smaller, curvier design and fabric casing, all the functionalities remain similar to that of the Google Home smart speaker. For users wanting a bit more oomph, there's Google Home Max. Its fabric enclosure is durable, yet transparent enough to let through both light and sound.

Meanwhilem Google's answer to the Echo Dot comes in the form of a miniturised Google Home speaker dubbed Google Home Mini. The Google Home Mini is priced at the same $49 as Amazon's Echo Dot, though the company didn't mention package discounts like Amazon regularly offers when purchasing three Dots. It will retail for $49 with online pre-orders starting today and USA in-store availability on October 19.

Google has also unveiled a bigger Home Max smart speaker. As you would expect, it has Google Assistant built in. You can simply tap the surface for interaction.

Max has the inventively named smart sound, which is exactly how it sounds. It will be rolling out to all the 7 countries in which the Home speakers are available. In decreasing possibility of falling with magnetic structure, Google Home Max has touch controls, Bluetooth and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It is also aiming squarely against the Amazon Echo Dot for only $49 Dollars. The microphones are pretty impressive as well as Google claims them to be far field microphones that can capture your commands even while music is playing.

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Google Home Max is a woofer without an assistant.

The voice-controlled device works with Google Assistant, accesses your Gmail and Google Calendar, and can be set up to control the temperature. The speaker will be available in two colors - Chalk and Charcoal and will be available for $399 in the United States. Hands-free calling will also be brought along - just like Amazon Echo speakers today - which will link to users' mobile numbers.

Thanks to the Google Assistant you'll also be able to ask the name of songs, just by humming the tune.

It will be available in the USA in December in two shades of grey for $399, and it comes with a free one-year subscription to YouTube Music and YouTube Red, so you can listen to music ad-free. It's expected to go on sale in December in the U.S.