Google 'Home' and 'Home Mini' smart speakers now in India


Google's Home and Home Mini will compete with Amazon Echo lineup of speakers based on Amazon's Alexa voice service launched in India in the a year ago at similar price points. It's astonishing how well the product integrates with Google's services - if you're tied into the Google ecosystem, the Google Home has plenty to offer.

These new smart speakers from Google will be available for sale online from 2 PM today.

The new features on the new Home Devices include the ability to recognise people by their voices and to customise the experience for that user. It will be available online exclusively on Flipkart, and in over 750 retail stores including Reliance Digital, Croma and Vijay Sales, among others.

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Google has also implemented a "Voice Match" feature through which the speaker can identify different voice of its users and give them relevant and personalized answers.

The Google Home Mini comes with all the basic functionalities and features of the large Google Home.

Google Home would directly compete with Amazon Echo, while Home Mini would position itself against the Echo Dot. And with every Google Home or Home Mini purchase, Google is offering free Google Play Music subscription for six months. Moreover, the Google Home also has touch controls at the top for pausing music or adjusting volume. It comes with a power adaptor and a cable in the box. The regular Google Home is likely to come with a price tag of around Rs 10,000 while the Home Mini may get a price of around Rs 4,000. It can also work with Android TV. As for supported audio formats, the Google Home supports HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), and FLAC. It had, in last October, launched a series of smart speakers including the Echo Dot, Echo and Echo Plus priced at Rs 4,499, Rs 9,999 and Rs 14,999, respectively. It measures 142.8mm in height and has a diameter of 96.4mm. Even when your hands are full, you can quickly send text messages, set reminders, or get directions with the Google Assistant.

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ACT Fibernet customers subscribing to 12-month advance rental plans of 90MBPS and above, will receive a Google Home Mini.

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At select Philips Hue and Croma outlets you get a Philips Hue + Google Home Mini at a special bundled price. It has a fabric base, and four LEDs up top whenever Assistant is activated. Even the Mini packs-in far-field microphones to hear a command even while playing music.

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