Google Home Mini, Home Max Smart Speakers Launched Alongside New Features

Laverne Mann
October 5, 2017

Google Home Max will support a number of music streaming services. You can change the orientation of the speaker to suit.

If you'd like to control the speaker by physical touch inputs, you can do so by simply tapping or holding the side of the speaker to increase and decrease the volume. Moreover, Google repeatedly focused on Google Home Mini being a means of turning your standard home into a "smart" home. How that all works in practice, of course, remains to be seen. One phrase will basically be able to turn on the lights, roll up a window shade, read the news for you and even start boiling water.

While the Home Mini debuted today to compete with the Echo Dot and low-priced smart speakers, the Home Max will compete directly with high-end smart speakers like products from Sonos, recently unveiled Echo Plus and Apple's HomePod. Well, aside from it being smaller and cheaper, this mini version scraps the high-quality speakers of its bigger brother, with the focus exclusively on Google Assistant.

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To make the premium package even more impressive, the Google Home Max is the company's first audio device with Smart Sound, an artificial intelligence-powered technology allowing it to determine its relative position in a room and adjust its performance so as to fill its entire surroundings with rich audio. The speaker will be available by December and will be coming with free 12 month subscription to YouTube RED.

It's available in three colors too, black, grey and coral. It will be available for pre-order starting today. Taking on Apple's Home Pod and Sonos, the Google Home Max is a stereo smart speaker focusing on audio fidelity. In fact, Google claims that it adjusts nearly immediately so users can move in anywhere they please. Google also announced a content partnership with Disney. They come in a pocket-sized charging case, which also charges the earphones. The device and the corresponding app has a shutter button for an easy click. "Clips looks for stable, clear shots of people you know", says Google. It costs $249 in the U.S. and will be made available soon.

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