Google Introduces Home Mini and Max Smart Speakers

Google follows Amazon with multi-step smart home routines and kid-friendly accounts

Taking on Apple's Home Pod and Sonos, the Google Home Max is a stereo smart speaker focusing on audio fidelity.

The new Google Home Mini is available for pre-order in the seven countries where the device is offered, and will go on sale in stores October 19, the company said at a product unveiling in San Francisco.

Just like the Google Home Mini, there's a strip of four white LED lights that will illuminate to acknowledge your commands to Google Assistant. Earlier, it used Google Voice or Project random number.

It retails for $49 in the USA and is available for pre-order now. You can use it to set reminders, hear the news and more. The speaker is covered nearly entirely in fabric dyed in chalk (light gray), coral (red), and charcoal (darker gray) colors.

Both speakers are capable of all the same machine learning-powered tasks that the original Google Home can do through the Google Assistant. Users can simply tap on the earbud to trigger the Google Assistant or change the track.

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The demo area at the Google launch was very noisy, so it was hard for us to properly assess the quality of the speaker but we'd say -at this early stage - it's better than the one you find in the Echo Dot.

Google also souped up the already highly rated camera on the Pixel, boasting that it will take even better photos than the iPhone. That means that Australia, Canada, France, Germany and United Kingdom users will be able to register multiple users on their device soon. If you're interested, here's hoping you're in the U.S. - the Google Home Max is a United States exclusive until "early next year" when it starts shipping elsewhere.

Google has announced that after Canada and the USA, now the United Kingdom is also going to get free hands free calling.

This feature, while it's actually something really basic, can have many different utilities: you can use a broadcast for telling your friends something in another room, you can use one for waking up your children in the morning, and a lot more! It'll also fit in nicely with any other Home devices you have your environment, meaning multiroom audio potential. One of them is the launch of Google Home Mini and other is the launch of the Home Product in Japan.

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