Google launches new £49 smart speaker to rival Amazon's Echo Dot

05 October, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Becky Perry
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Google's got a new product aimed directly at Amazon's massively popular Echo smart speaker: Google Home Mini.

The Home Mini has a coloured base with a soft, cloth-covered top.

It can tune its audio to its own space, analyzing the sound coming from the speaker using its built in microphones to determine the best equalizer settings. Home Max employs two 4.5-inch woofers, which can extrude to an impressive 22mm to deliver improved bass, along with a pair of dedicated tweeters to complete the audio spectrum.

Amazon had also announced something similar for its Echo speaker line last week.

In addition, the hands-free calling feature for Google Home, which launched in the USA a few months ago, is scheduled to be added to the United Kingdom sometime before the end of 2017.

It'll be available in Chalk, Charcoal and Coral colours.

"It comes in three lovely colours, fits neatly into the palm of your hand, and is available for only £49, so is accessible for anyone wanting to build on or start their smart home for the first time".

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Like the other Google Home devices, Max works with services like Spotify and Apple Music so you can say, "Hey Google, play "Drops of Jupiter" by Train" and it'll play that song.

The larger, Google Assistant-powered device is likely to compete with the new Alexa-enabled Sonos One and the Siri-powered Apple HomePod and is priced as such.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said the new devices aim to weave artificial intelligence that make them easier to use. Priced at $49 in the U.S., the device is already up for pre-orders in the country and will be made available starting October 19.

Another thing that Google introduced to Google Home was voice recognition.

Perhaps the most intriguing new feature is Smart Sound.

Google Home Max: How much will it cost and when can I buy it in the UK? The smart speaker will be available in December this year. Now, Google Home multi-user support is now rolling out to all countries on which the Home is being sold in. You can also stream from a device to the speaker via Bluetooth, or plug in any device with an auxiliary input.

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