Google Launches Home Max and Home Mini Smart Speakers

Google Launches Home Max and Home Mini Smart Speakers

Google's claim with the Google Home Mini is that it offers the same features and functionality as the existing (and already available in Australia) Google Home speaker, but in a smaller and lower-cost form factor.

Next item on the launch list is the Google Home Max.

Google introduced Google Mini, the newest member of Google family.

It is now available for pre-orders starting today with shipping to commence on October 19th.

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The Google Home Mini carries almost the same features as the Google Home. Research firm Gartner predicts the market for the devices will leap from spending $360m (£279m) in 2015 to $2.1bn by 2020, driven by intense competition between the key players.

All three Home speakers include Voice Match, which identifies different individuals in the household, so it can serve personalized answers (like traffic, Spotify playlists from certain accounts, and calendars). In addition, users can search their connected smartphone by simply ringing it when asked to "find my smartphone".

"On the other hand, the Home Max is all about music quality, with its two 4.5" woofers with high-excursion, to really boost those low frequencies.

It can even adjust to things like turning on the vacuum cleaner or turning down when it hears Piers Morgan. There are touch controls on the device along with support for connectivity options like Bluetooth, Google Cast, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Google also retained the Home's original button for disabling the microphone with a toggle next to the charging port. It has a white polycarbonate casing and a custom "acoustically transparent" fabric speaker grille that's available in Chalk or Charcoal. Google is also offering 12 months of ad-free YouTube Music, though this offer is for new subscribers only and one have to claim it by February. It is covered with fabric and you just have to tap it for a number of functions. The wireless earbuds come with a charging case that can give up to 24 hours of listening time.