Google Home Mini and Home Max speakers with Google Assistant launched

05 October, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
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The speaker is also created to be set up horizontally or vertically, with a magnetic plastic bottom that you can move to whatever side of the speaker you need to, depending on how you set it up.

And there's a good reason for that! The speaker marketing was a clear Apple HomePod rip-off with Smart Sound that will readjust sound using beamforming technology.

That's doubly true if you get two Max speakers and pair them up. However, as per the post on Reddit, the Google Home Mini will not be costing $80 CAD which would translate to $64 United States dollars, approx $15 more than the current rumored cost of the smart speakers in the U.S. market.

Amazon had also announced something similar for its Echo speaker line last week. When you combine that concept with the ability to control your TV and various devices (lights, thermostat, etc.) through voice, it's easy to see how Google Home Mini could effectively make your home far more connected.

It's available for pre-order right away, and available in seven countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, UK and United States, including Japan - the new country that was announced at the Google event. The firm says that the new Home Mini can connect with any Chromecast speakers. Obviously, it has Google Assistant built-in. But the Max speaker will work with a wider range of music-streaming services than the HomePod, which is created to be a companion to Apple Music.

Google's most adorable product launch today is definitely its puck-sized Home Mini. It comes in chalk and charcoal.

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When it comes to audio, the Google Home Mini boasts a 360 degree speaker which is tuned for voice rather than music.

The Home Max tech is headlined by two 4.5-inch woofers.

Both speakers are capable of all the same machine learning-powered tasks that the original Google Home can do through the Google Assistant. That big ticket does include a 12-month subscription for Youtube Red, which would otherwise cost $120.

Google also emphasized the importance of its "voice match" software, which lets multiple different users in a household use the same Google Home device but receive different answers. It can even call your friends for free (in the USA and Canada, the feature is coming to the United Kingdom later this year).

In the U.S. the Max will cost $399.

A Smart Sound feature allows it to automatically adjust its output depending on where it is in the house, turning up or down the volume, and tuning itself to deliver the best possible sound for the space - something that Google says it can do "within seconds".

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