March 20 2018

Google Home Max is made to fight the HomePod

March 20 2018, 11:26 | Mitchell Mccarthy

Leak confirms Google's Amazon Dot rival – 'Google Home Mini'

Can the home assistant duopoly be broken?

It's Called Google Home Max, and it actually looks like a speaker, rather than some sort of weird plant pot.

Isabelle Olsson, Google's lead designer for the Home hardware, also noted that people don't want a device in their living room that has lots of blinking lights. Now you're eligible to get a Google Home Mini on us.

The Google Home Mini is the newest smart speaker.

To the surprise of no one, Google today announced a smaller version of its Google Home smart speaker. You can preorder the speaker starting today from the Google Store and other retailers. The Home Mini is, of course, powered by Google's Assistant rather than Amazon's Alexa, though. Google is also debuting new family-friendly experiences for the Google Assistant, such as additional trivia options geared toward children. There's no audio out but you can use Chromecast to play music on Cast supported speakers. Google Home and Google Home Mini will now be able to find your phone for you. After the early launch in the US, Home Max will be available other countries as well.

He talks about features such as Voice Calling and Voice Match feature. The Google Home Mini is also more stylish than the Echo Dot as in comes in Chalk, Charcoal and Coral colour variants.

The Google Home Max is a performance speaker featuring dual 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers and dual custom 0.7-inch tweeters.

These technologies will also apply to existing Google Home speakers. We'd expect it to come out in Q1-Q2 2018, though, with United Kingdom pricing to sit at around £399.

Still, most of the three speakers' capabilities - such as hands-free calling, which Google announced is now rolling out to the United Kingdom (it's already available in the US) - are available in other smart speakers, like Amazon's Echo. A number of Google Home devices in various rooms can work together, for example playing the same music throughout the house. At the launch, Google will also be offering a 12-month subscription to the YouTube Red and YouTube Music.

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