Google Home Mini: Google launches little rival to Amazon's Echo Dot

The Google Home Mini features LEDs under the fabric that light up to show customers when the Assistant hears them.

Coming to Google Home Max, it is a much larger premium smart speaker.

Because the device is too small to play music efficiently, Google has designed it to connect wirelessly to any speaker with the company's streaming device Chromecast built in. The smart speaker will go on pre-order from today in the USA and will be available in stores from October 19. At the heart of the Google Home Max is the new AI powered Smart Sound system that adapts to home conditions on the fly. Just say "Hey Google, broadcast it's time to leave for soccer practice!" and it'll play on the other Google Home devices around the house. "To sound great, the speaker needs to adjust to your home". It will also come with a 12-month subscription to the ad-free YouTube Red, which includes YouTube Music. We'd expect it to come out in Q1-Q2 2018, though, with United Kingdom pricing to sit at around £399. Both speakers are due to hit stores in December. It'll also fit in nicely with any other Home devices you have your environment, meaning multiroom audio potential. You get USB Type C connectivity along with a 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth connectivity if you are interested in plugging in to a more powerful speaker.

First up is Google Home Mini, which looks like a squashed Google Home. Still, getting the speaker for free obviously adds more value to your purchase. Google says they took hundreds of tries before they came out with the flawless colors for the device. They even announced they're bringing Google Home to Japan later this week. Smart Sound will also be able to automatically increase or lower the volume of the Home Max based on the ambient sound in the room. Isabelle Olson takes the stage to comment on the hardware technology of Google Home. The Google Home Max is available in Chalk and Charcoal colour variants at a price tag of $399 (Rs. 25937).

  • Carolyn Briggs