Google goes Goldilocks with Home Mini and Home Max speakers

Ken Copeland
October 5, 2017

It is capable of making calendar appointments, searching the web to answer questions, controlling your smart home appliances and music streams, and is created to be scattered throughout multiple rooms in the home.

Google took the wraps off a new high-end smart speaker on Wednesday, a $400 device aimed at audiophiles that turns up the heat in the competition with Apple, Amazon and Sonos.

Regardless, it's clear Google is taking its place in the smart speaker market seriously.

Google Home is a speaker that offers a personal assistant in any room and has been an extremely popular alternative to Amazon Alexa. The search giant says the yarn for the fabric was developed exclusively for the devices to allow sound and light from the four status LEDs to pass through.

Google also unveiled its Google Home Max, the larger version of the Home.

In another announcement related to Google Home, users can now find their devices if they have lost in in their house. Inside, it's got two 4.5-inch woofers and custom.7-inch tweeters.

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The speaker uses a new technology called Smart Sound to adjust sound quality based on its location in your home.

What colors will it be available in?

It can project 360-degree sound, but you can also connect it to any Cast-enabled speaker wirelessly.

Both the 6-inch Pixel XL and the 5-inch Pixel will also do away with the headphone jack, something Apple did with the iPhone 7 previous year.

The new mini speaker will retail for $49 in the U.S., and hits stores October 19. The new drop focuses on using earphones for more than just listening to music as it incorporates users by helping with their day-to-day tasks, such as map navigation and even translating other languages by calling to Google Translate. That big ticket does include a 12-month subscription for Youtube Red, which would otherwise cost $120.

Pre-orders for the Home Max open on November 13.

Its relatively low cost means it'll appeal to a wider audience and it's tempting to pick up more than one to really kick your smart home into gear. It can even call your friends for free (in the USA and Canada, the feature is coming to the United Kingdom later this year).

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