Google considers launching a mid-range Pixel phone this summer

While the company did not specify the date of the release, the products are expected to be launched in April itself.

Putting an end to month-long speculations, Google on Monday announced that its Google Home and Google Home Mini speakers will soon be available in India.

There are no particular prices have yet been fixed to the products which sell for the equivalent of Rs. 3,200 ($50) and Rs. 8,400 ($130) in US.

Early previous year, 9To5Google reported that Google was working on a budget-friendly "Pixel 2B", which was said to be significantly cheaper than the flagship Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that are now selling for $649 and $849, respectively. The smartphone would be available in critical markets like India, but would be completely separate from Google's existing Android Go initiative.

The company has started sending out invites to an April 10 event, where it's expected to launch a Hindi-language version of its Google Home smart speaker and its premium Pixelbook laptop. It will be taking on the Amazon's Echo [review] series. The Echo is powered by Amazon Assistant and Google Home comes with the Google Assistant. ALSO READ: Amazon Echo Plus review: Alexa!

"A device could then try to sense movement while listening for whispers or silence, and even program a smart speaker to 'provide a verbal warning, '" the Times claimed. Every major brand including Google, whose parent company is Alphabet, therefore, wants to introduce more and more products in the Indian market.

Amazon is already a popular player in the smart, connected home speakers segment in India. The only difference between the Home and Home Mini is to do with the speaker. You will be able to interact with the speaker using voice and the results will be delivered via Assistant. Google Home and Home Mini can also be used to control your smart home products.

Do you think this is a good idea on Google part to release a cheaper Pixel smartphone? For example, it improves Wi-Fi stability on Pixel 2 devices after several users reported intermittent WiFi issues.

  • Arturo Norris