Google Introduces Home Mini and Max Smart Speakers

Google follows Amazon with multi-step smart home routines and kid-friendly accounts

With dual stereo speakers, the Home Max is the company's bid to go head to head against Sonos, Bose and even Apple's upcoming HomePod.

Google's got a new product aimed directly at Amazon's massively popular Echo smart speaker: Google Home Mini. Sitting either side of the original Home, are the Home Mini and the premium Google Home Max. Now, Google Home is going to ease out the task to find out your device if you have lost it in your home. Earlier, it used Google Voice or Project random number.

Google Home is supposed to be the central hub for all your connected devices. Pre-orders start today with customer deliveries beginning on October 19.

The Google Home Max will be available in December for $399 in Chalk and Charcoal variants.

The new feature has been created to make a profile out of your voice's pitch and tone and differentiate it from the rest of the household.

The Home Mini looks very much like a small-sized Google Home device.

Additionally, the Google Home will also be sold in Japan coming soon, and Japanese owners will also be able to take advantage of features like multiple users, just like the above-named countries. It's a beefed up version of the standard Google Home with more audio muscle and a rectangular design that works in either portrait or landscape mode.

Google is counting on the knowledge that it has accumulated through its dominant search engine to make its assistant far more intelligent than either Alexa or Siri, giving it an edge over its rivals over time.

This feature, while it's actually something really basic, can have many different utilities: you can use a broadcast for telling your friends something in another room, you can use one for waking up your children in the morning, and a lot more!

That puts it in direct competition with Apple's forthcoming HomePod, which is also leaning on sound quality as a differentiator, as well as the new Amazon Echo Plus.

But at least now they can whine at the Google device instead of you. Google is throwing in a free 12-month subscription to YouTube Red for everyone picking up the Google Home Max.

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