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Google Home Mini Announced, Available October 19 for $49

08 October 2017, 10:22 | Justin Tyler

Google Home Mini, Home Max smart speakers launched, take on Amazon Echo Dot, Echo Plus

Leak confirms Google's Amazon Dot rival – 'Google Home Mini'

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

Google will release a smaller version of its Home smart speaker, the company revealed during an event on Wednesday. Priced at $49 in the U.S., the device is already up for pre-orders in the country and will be made available starting October 19.

The company claims it doesn't matter if the Home Max is placed on a shelf in the corner of a room, where audio can often sound too bass-heavy and muffled. It will go on sale for $399 in December.

The tiny little device isn't design to play music.

Created to promote Google Assistant to more rooms in house, Google Home Mini aims to facilitate news and calendar updates. He announced that this year the device launched in 5 new countries. The tuning on the speakers also incorporates the time of the day (music will be softer in the early morning), as well as the type of content being played (audio for music and a movie will be tuned differently). Amazon carefully developed three different versions so that its customers from every price bracket could buy and use Alexa. The Mini measures a bit over four inches wide, and just a few inches tall, meaning that you can stick one just about anywhere. And it's easily capable of making itself heard in a medium-sized room. It is covered with fabric and you just have to tap it for a number of functions. It also has a microphone switch on the back along with micro USB for powering it. It charges with a Micro USB, and not with USB Type C.

Google has another web-connected speaker to join its family of Google Home speakers. Let's take a look at the details of these smart speakers from here. It will be available in grey, black, red, or as Google calls them, "chalk", "charcoal", and "coral". While it's far from a home stereo solution, this straightforward device presents all of the Google Assistant functionality Home is known for in an unobtrusive package. Google also says that it's about the same size as a doughnut and it weighs less than a fully grown chipmunk.

Google Home Max is a woofer without an assistant. Like the Echo Dot, the Google Home Mini can receive input through Google Cast or Bluetooth. It is available for pre-orders from Wednesday itself in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the US. There is no information on its availability in other markets.

Max will also automatically adjust to lower volume in morning, raise volume when dishwasher is running, and change volume if you're listening to news or music. It will go on sale not around December, starting with the United States before being made available in other regions.

Google is offering a 12-month free subscription of ad-free YouTube Music with every Home Max.

The new features on the new Home Devices include the ability to recognise people by their voices, and customise the experience for that user.

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