The Google Home Mini is Google's answer to Amazon's Echo Dot

05 October, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Google Home Max is the new, beefer version of Google Home with 20x the audio power

(Google has a machine-learning model trained on thousands of different room configurations.) The speaker will adjust itself dynamically if you move its position.

And there's a good reason for that!

Google Home Max is a smart speaker with better sound than the standard Google Home. In return, you get a much smaller body and a presumably smaller price tag. The flagship Google phones were the focal point of today's event, but the company also welcomed a new addition to their smart speaker line with the Google Home Mini.

It is a direct shot at Amazon's Echo Dot. It will allow the speaker to use Google's AI to recognize specific people who are using voice commands and tailor responses to each speaker. The fabric seen on the front of the device was described as being "acoustically transparent" and feels extremely soft, seemingly being identical to the material covering the Google Home Mini. Like the rest of Google's home products, it should blend into most environments - though a speaker this large isn't going to be almost as invisible as the standard Home or Amazon's new Echo.

Google, besides launching its Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL smartphones, launched two new speakers with Google Assistant. Just like many other premium offerings in this product segment, the Google Home Max can be used both vertically and horizontally, being suitable for quick repositionings depending on your needs. Home Max employs two 4.5-inch woofers, which can extrude to an impressive 22mm to deliver improved bass, along with a pair of dedicated tweeters to complete the audio spectrum.

The larger, Google Assistant-powered device is likely to compete with the new Alexa-enabled Sonos One and the Siri-powered Apple HomePod and is priced as such.

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The hockey puck-like Google Home Mini comes in three colours: chalk, charcoal and coral. It will come with a free 12-month subscription to YouTube Music. Voice calling is present as well, and you can use your phone number once verified. It's also a subtle way for Google to encourage customers to buy more than one Google Home device for their households.

The Google Home Mini is a sleek design with rounded corners to make it look like an ornament and seemingly integrate into a room.

Google first introduced its Home speaker at last year's Google I/O conference.

Unfortunately, Google is making this a US-exclusive for now.

Pre-orders are now available, and it will ship October 19. Google Home Max will be available in December for $399.

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