Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Google Home Mini: Speaker, digital assistant worth $49

The Verge The Verge
Lori Graves | 05 October, 2017, 00:50

And there's a good reason for that! In return, you get a much smaller body and a presumably smaller price tag. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Google claims the speaker can automatically adjust its output to its surroundings in a matter of seconds.

The Google Home Max is a rectangular speaker with superior acoustics for playing music, mimicking Apple's HomePod.

Amazon had also announced something similar for its Echo speaker line last week.

The Google Home Mini appears dialed in to take the fight directly against Amazon's ubiquitous Echo Dot device. It won't even make fun of you for listening to "Drops of Jupiter" by Train or anything.

Voice Match is also rolling out as an update to Google Home starting today. Sitting either side of the original Home, are the Home Mini and the premium Google Home Max.

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For instance, users can attach separate Google accounts to the Assistant and have Google Home recite different calendar appointments depending on the voice it hears.

Google is selling the Home Max for nearly US$400, US$50 more than the HomePod. It can sit in either vertical or horizontal orientation, and it comes in both "chalk" and 'charcoal'.

Popular music producer Diplo shows off his experience with the Google Home Max. Google Home was the company's first stab at an Amazon Echo competitor-a smart home speaker imbued with a digital assistant. Voice calling is present as well, and you can use your phone number once verified.

The front of the Max is covered in the same fabric as the Home Mini, though the coral color will not be available. It's bundled with a 1-year subscription to YouTube Red, too. This rapid increase will result in 3.3 per cent of global households owning at least one device, with 25 per cent of them owning more than one.

We were disappointed with Google Home's functionality when it launched previous year, but the devices silently update themselves direct from Google, and the company has been steadily patching in new features over the months. Available in Clearly White, Kinda Blue and Just black, the Pixel Buds cost $159 and is available to pre-order in the US.

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