A mini Google Home Smart Speaker to compete with Amazon's Echo Dot

Google plans to launch a new Chromebook Pixel and mini Google Home this year

The report states that in addition to its two handsets, Google will unveil a new Chromebook Pixel and a smaller version of Google Home later this year. While all of this would have been featured in the "Bison", it is likely to still be relevant for Google's new product launching beside the Pixel phone. But according to sources familiar with Google's plans, it appears that there will be a couple or more hardware surprises to accompany the Pixel 2 phones. However, it would make sense for Google to launch both products. A cheaper Google Home may also be a good choice for users who want to try out a smart speaker without spending a lot of money.

Google Home is powered by Google Assistant, which follows users' instructions and helps them perform certain tasks.

Android Police reported on this yesterday, speculating that Project Bison (a laptop that was to run the now defunct Andromeda) may have evolved into the Chromebook Eve as Andromeda crumbled and/or was consumed by Android and ChromeOS.

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Today's report also claims that Google is prepping a mini version of the Google Home. Although there isn't much to say about that, either, it stands to reason that this would be a competitor to Amazon's Echo Dot, which ditched all but the most basic of built-in audio in the name of price.

A smaller version of the Google Home is strongly rumoured to be unveiled as well.

As for the new Pixel smartphones, two new models are expected: a refresh of the original Pixel smartphones released a year ago, and a larger "XL" model with extra features. A smaller and cheaper Google Home could be a smart decision, as it will encourage buyers to add more Google Home devices. Whether it comes with Bison's rumored 12.3-inch screen and Wacom stylus is unknown.

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