Google Unveils New 'Home Mini' and 'Home Max' Speakers [Video]

Google Unveils New 'Home Mini' and 'Home Max' Speakers [Video]

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Google has unveiled new 'Home Mini' and 'Home Max' speakers with Google Assistant.

Google Home Mini is small and mighty for hands-free help in every room. And Google Home Max is our biggest and best-sounding Google Home ever. They’re both radically helpful, and packed with the power of the Google Assistant, including some brand new features.

Google Unveils New 'Home Mini' and 'Home Max' Speakers [Video]

Google Home Mini
Mini is a small device with no corners or edges, about the size of a donut. Its durable fabric enclosure is transparent enough to let through both light and sound. The LEDs under the fabric light up to show you when your Assistant hears you. It projects 360-degree sound and integrates far-field microphones to hear you even when there's music playing or other noise in the background. Mini comes in Chalk, Charcoal and Coral and costs $49.

Google Home Max
Max is a larger speaker featuring dual 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers for deep, balanced bass.

"Max can play loud, really loud…so you can fill even the largest room in your home with your favorite music. In fact, it’s 20 times more powerful than the original Google Home."

Max comes with Smart Sound, an audio experience powered by AI that allows the device to adapt to you—your environment, your context, and your preferences. Smart Sound automatically adjusts for where you place Max in a room, so if you decide to move your speaker a few feet, it will dynamically tune itself within seconds.

Max works with a wide range of music services and supports Bluetooth and auxiliary port. It can be placed vertically or horizontally and comes in Chalk and Charcoal for $399.

The Google Assistant
Google has also announced some new features for its personal assistant...

● Help with everyday routines
You can already say “Hey Google, good morning” to hear about your day, including your personalized schedule, commute time, the weather and news. Soon your Assistant will be even more helpful with your daily routines. With a single command, you can control multiple smart home devices plus get information you need in the moment. So “Hey Google, goodnight!” can turn off your lights, turn down the temperature, and let you know tomorrow’s first meeting.

You can also broadcast a message to let the family know when it’s time to get a move on. Just say “Hey Google, broadcast it’s time to leave for soccer practice!” and it’ll play on the other Google Home devices around the house.

● Features for families
We’re making Google Home more fun for the whole family, with 50+ new experiences for you to try out. Learn something new, or imagine with storytime. There are also plenty of fun activities; go on an adventure with Mickey Mouse, identify your alter ego with the Justice League D.C. Super heroes, or play Freeze Dance in your living room. These experiences will be supported by Family Link accounts on the Assistant, letting parents create accounts for their children under 13.

● Smarter home
Now you can control more than 1,000 smart home products from 100+ brands, with just your voice. Starting today, we’re also introducing new ways to control your Nest products. If you have a Chromecast, you can keep an eye on your home with just your voice. Say “Hey Google, show me the the backyard” to see a live feed, right on your TV. And it won’t stop there; learn more about the ways that Nest will work with your Google Assistant in the Nest Blog.

Google Home Mini is $49 and will be available in stores starting October 19. You can pre-order yours online today at the Google Store, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Verizon and more. Mini will also be available in the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and soon Japan. Voice Match is now available in those countries as well.

Google Home Max will launch in the U.S. for $399 and comes with 12 months of ad-free YouTube Music—this offer is for new subscribers only and you have until February to claim it (check out the terms). Starting November 13, you can pre-order online from the Google Store, Best Buy and other retailers.

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Justabrake - October 4, 2017 at 10:33pm
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