Google Home Mini is a $49 Take on Amazon's Echo Dot

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It's been almost 18 months since Google announced Home, its entry into the exploding smart speaker category, which now includes the Amazon Echo (powered by Alexa), Apple HomePod (Siri), and Harman Kardon Invoke (Microsoft Cortana). The search within the platforms supported by Google Assistant now runs on a voice-matching technology that enables its products like Home, and now Home Mini, to recognize each person's voice in the home and their preferences. It's the shape of a smooth stone and should look perfectly unobtrusive on your nightstand near the newly announced Google Home Max.

The Home Max by Google is definitely made to compete with the likes of Apple's HomePod, hence it will have a bunch of similar features as well, just like this one. The speaker has dual 4.5-inch woofers for better bass performance. Now the focus is hands-free calling on the Google Home. The Max can accept input as a Google Cast target, over Bluetooth, or by using the 3.5-mm auxilliary input. It's bundled with a 1-year subscription to YouTube Red, too. Google will eventually bring the device to all seven countries where the Google Home is officially available.

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Google now has not one but two new entrants to its smart home speaker family.

The Google Home Max will be available in the U.S. in December, but pre-orders will open 13 November. It'll mostly be used for turning volume up or down, but you can also tap to pause. At $49, it'll square up against Amazon's Dot, but like the Dot, it will act as a gateway smart speaker for those not willing to throw down bigger sums of money. It's also available in a choice of colours: Chalk and Charcoal. The device is equipped with 4.5-inch woofers that the company claims are of the high-excursion variety and features a rigid case structure specifically created to maintain the compositional integrity of the audio it produces. Both speakers are due in December. (Google has a machine-learning model trained on thousands of different room configurations.) The speaker will adjust itself dynamically if you move its position.

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