Google launches Google Home Min and Max

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The bottom third of the Home Mini isn't covered in material, rather it's a plastic base which features a USB-C port for the power cord and a physical button to mute the microphone if you don't want it listening in at certain moments.

Here it is plugged in.

The Max is an enhanced version of Google Home with stereo speakers, and positioned very much as a rival to the Apple HomePod.

Speaking of which, Google will soon add new family-linked account settings to Google Home speakers.

Google's voice-activated digital assistant will serve as the brains for all the speakers, just as Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri run their competing devices. Users can simply tap on the earbud to trigger the Google Assistant or change the track. You might not have been interested in smart speakers until now, but if you got one free with your new phone, you'd try it out, right? This move to a smaller device was inevitable and was sorely needed.

What colors will it be available in?

The speaker itself uses the inbuilt mics and machine learning wizardry to compensate for ambient noise and loud home appliances, room acoustics, and placement relative to the walls and the listener. "If I will say 'Play my favorites", Home will be able to recognize my voice and it will play my favorite songs rather than my sister's songs.

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Another new addition to Google's home offerings is Google Home Max. The rounded-edged speaker can be flipped to sit horizontally or vertically, depending on where you have it in your home. It projects 360 sound out of its fabric enclosure and has LED status lights. The back panel is made from rigid polycarbonate, giving the large block some stability. 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.

The Home Max tech is headlined by two 4.5-inch woofers.

Internal breakdown of the Home Max. Sitting either side of the original Home, are the Home Mini and the premium Google Home Max. It can project 360-degree sound, but you can also connect it to any Cast-enabled speaker wirelessly.

The Google Home Max is priced at $399 and will be available in two different shades of grey starting December 2017 in the US. And as you might imagine, Google Home Max works with other Google Home devices. It will come with a free 12-month subscription to YouTube Music. The standard Google Home speaker costs nearly $130. This makes each answer that Google Assistant provides more personal to the individual speaking.

It features Smart Sound, a new sound feature powered by Google AI that maps the sound to your room. As Google reps said on stage, this will likely be a hit with parents and a nightmare for children.

Unfortunately, Google is making this a US-exclusive for now.

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