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Google Home Max is a $399 smart speaker with room-filling sound

The announcement of this device followed the announcement of the Google Home Mini - a miniature version of the Google Home.

The Google Home Mini is covered in fabric, just like the original Google Home smart speaker. 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. For now, the majority of Google's revenue comes from advertising, but that could change as its parent company introduces hardware devices that require services to run.

Like its older sibling, the Mini works using Google Assistant, the company's artificially intelligent personal assistant that rivals Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Samsung's Bixby. Priced at $49 in the United States, the device is already up for pre-orders in the country and will be made available starting October 19.

The Home Mini goes on sale October 19 for $49 in three colors: chalk, charcoal, and coral (a reddish orange).

While the Home Mini only fetches for $49 Dollars, the Home Max understandably goes for quite a bit more at $499 USD. Moreover, Google repeatedly focused on Google Home Mini being a means of turning your standard home into a "smart" home.

The new feature has been created to make a profile out of your voice's pitch and tone and differentiate it from the rest of the household. One thing's for sure: we'll find out very soon.

Google also announced wireless headphones, called Pixel Buds. This step will allow you to do multi-step routines and also trigger the device with phrases like "good morning".

Google has announced that after Canada and the USA, now the United Kingdom is also going to get free hands free calling. You won't be able to swap colours or buy different base textures like you can with the regular Home. For example, you will be able to ask your Google Home "who's at the front door" and it will connect with a previously paired Nest camera located at the said front door, displaying a live stream of it on a connected TV. It can even turn up the volume of your phone before pinging it and even bypasses a silent ringer mode.


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