Google Home Mini and Google Home Max: All you need to know

Google Home Mini and Google Home Max: All you need to know

Google announced a pair of new smart home speakers on Wednesday in an effort to compete with devices from Amazon and Apple. Following its launch, the smart speaker segment caught up among manufacturers as even Apple detailed its HomePod at its June WWDC event, while Amazon unveiled its Amazon Echo Spot with a display last week. It can't give you music-grade speakers, rather it is convenient for news updates, weather, podcasts, and stuff like that.

Of course, a Google Home Mini costs just $49, so it's not like you'd be missing out on a fortune if you don't pre-order a new Pixel by October 19.

The Google Home Mini is a flawless device for those who want to try out the assistant without spending a lot of money. The Google Home Max looks more like a Bluetooth speaker than a smart home assistant.

The Google Home Mini appears dialed in to take the fight directly against Amazon's ubiquitous Echo Dot device.

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The Home Max will roll out to other territories including the United Kingdom next year. Smart Sound will automatically correct any audio anomalies, and will adjust itself. Also, there is a 3.5mm audio jack on the back next to a USB Type C port, if you need a wired connection. It packs much larger 4.5-inch subwoofers and custom 0.7-inch tweeters to deliver an exceptional sound experience. The speaker will be available by December and will be coming with free 12 month subscription to YouTube RED.

You can put the Home Max horizontally or vertically, thanks to the magnets on it that keep it from falling.

Elsewhere, Google Home is also getting a rather nifty feature in the form of hands-free calling. Naturally, it comes with Google Assistant, which can play music based on user's request. It will be available in three color options - Choral, Chalk and Charcoal. The new wireless earphones also support real-time Google translation tech in 40 languages. Rishi Chandra states that starting today users will be able to make calls using their own phone number.