Google Home Mini and Home Max speakers with Google Assistant launched

Google Home Mini and Home Max speakers with Google Assistant launched

Google Home Mini and Home Max speakers with Google Assistant launched

The first is the Google Home Mini which as the name suggests is a smaller version of the speaker to provide hands-free voice control in any room.

The Mini retails for $49 in the U.S. (the same price as Amazon's Echo Dot), making it more affordable than the larger $129 Google Home.

I haven't had a chance to test out the 360-degree speakers and really see how this thing compares in functionality to the Home yet, but be sure to stay tuned for a fuller review in the next day or so. Google Assistant is also getting a new feature called Broadcast, which allows you to send out alerts to all Google Home devices in your home, acting like a very basic intercom system.

Like the larger Google Home, the Mini is partially made of fabric and will be available in multiple colors. Home Max will be available in Chalk (white) and Charcoal (grayish black). Home Mini can connect to other smart appliances and devices, much like its big brother. It'll be available in other Google Home territories (like the UK) sometime next year. The speaker will also automatically turn itself up when in a noisy environment, such as when the washing machine is on its spin cycle. Each is a direct competitor to Amazon's Echo Dot / Echo and Apple's forthcoming HomePod. The smart speaker will go on pre-order from today in the USA and will be available in stores from October 19. It's available in three colors: Coral, Chalk, and Charcoal.

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More routines and actions have been added to Home. The device supports 3.5mm audio jack as well.

The Google Home Max speaker features a couple of 4.5in woofers and 0.7in tweeters inside a polycarbonate chassis. The original Google Home is still priced at over $100 unless you can find it on sale. The Google Home Max will arrive in December, marked with the same $399 price tag as Apple's HomePod.

With streaming taking a greater emphasis nowadays, the Home Max comes with a 12-month subscription to YouTube Music, an ad-free way of streaming music that's on YouTube.

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