Google Home Mini and Home Max speakers with Google Assistant launched


The Home Mini smart speaker will go on sale from October 19. However, Google enthusiasts will find the Home Mini will work better with their Google products and services, so if you're building a Google-powered smart home, the Mini is ideal - and the price is right, too.

The top of the Home Mini enclosure is made out of a custom linen-like fabric, and has four LED lights underneath that indicate the Mini is listening.

While the Home Mini debuted today to compete with the Echo Dot and low-priced smart speakers, the Home Max will compete directly with high-end smart speakers like products from Sonos, recently unveiled Echo Plus and Apple's HomePod. The smaller Home Mini speaker is meant to be used in more rooms, making the services of Google Home (or the Google Assistant) available to more people in a single house.

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The Home Max comes with two 4.5-inch woofers with tweeters covered under the fabric speaker. It had this chic look that was minimalist and it came with all the might of Google and the Assistant baked in. Plug Home Max into your record player, Google suggests.

All three Home speakers include Voice Match, which identifies different individuals in the household, so it can serve personalized answers (like traffic, Spotify playlists from certain accounts, and calendars).

Google announced a second Home product that happens to be focused on audio quality instead of only being a home assistant.

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Google is also adding to its hands-free calling feature for Google Home. With that promo code, you'll be able to order a Home Mini for $0 (zero buck) from Google Store.

There's also some clever far-field microphones which can hear what you are asking even if the music is playing at a loud volume. The speaker can understand where it is positioned in the room, at a height, in a corner, or in the middle of a large open space, and adjust the sound dynamically to deliver the best audio experience. The speaker will be available in two colors - Chalk and Charcoal and will be available for $399 in the United States.

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