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Google unveils new phones, speakers to counter Amazon, Apple

05 October 2017, 12:49 | Jenny Fowler

Google unveils new phones, speakers to counter Amazon, Apple

Google unveils new phones, speakers to counter Amazon, Apple

Chief among those is Google's claim that the "Smart Sound" tech will automatically optimize audio for where you place the speaker (something that Apple says the HomePod will do, as well). I took a look at the Home Mini at Google's satellite London event, and if other speakers left you cold, this unassuming AI speaker might win you over.

New Google Home Mini speaker. Smaller, quieter, and cheaper it's also squarely targeted to be another decision you have to make when it comes to which voice assistant you want to integrate into your lifestyle.

Google Home now has a premium big brother.

The new Google Home Mini costs £49 in the United Kingdom and $49 in the US. The speaker is covered nearly entirely in fabric dyed in chalk (light gray), coral (red), and charcoal (darker gray) colors.

Home Max has a front panel made out of the special fabric found on the Home Mini, which gives it a softer look while allowing sound and light to pass through it.

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The Google Home Max reverses the Mini's attention to cost and size reduction, offering up the same Google Home experience in a larger chassis with increased audio output.

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

The Home Mini goes on sale October 19 for $49 in three colors: chalk, charcoal, and coral (a reddish orange). It also supports Chromecast, Bluetooth, and Aux In, so you can use the Home Max as your dedicated speaker for your phone, record player, or anything else. However, there's no headphone jack like the Amazon Echo Dot. The phones are available for pre-order now starting at $649 Dollars.

Home Max is shipping in December in the USA, with a retail price of $399, and a release in more markets coming next year. Both free and paid Spotify accounts were highlighted, as were YouTube Music and Google Music.

The Home Max speaker itself is exceedingly minimal. Google Home Max will be available in December for $399. But the Max speaker will work with a wider range of music-streaming services than the HomePod, which is created to be a companion to Apple Music.



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