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Google unveils Home Max and Mini

05 October, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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The prompt you need is "Okay Google" or "Hey Google" and the smart speaker will spring to life. It can even call your friends for free (in the U.S. and Canada, the feature is coming to the United Kingdom later this year). The fabric seen on the front of the device was described as being "acoustically transparent" and feels extremely soft, seemingly being identical to the material covering the Google Home Mini. The new drop focuses on using earphones for more than just listening to music as it incorporates users by helping with their day-to-day tasks, such as map navigation and even translating other languages by calling to Google Translate. Introduced by Google Glass desinger Isabelle Olson, the Home Mini is created to integrate itself into your home decor and seamlessly operate without drawing attention to itself.

Even if you are not a Nest owner, according to Google the feature will function with over 1000 smart home products of over 100 different brands.

We should have in mind that Google Home already had phone call functionality. It costs $249 in the U.S. and will be made available soon.

But what do you actually do with it? Google says over 1,000 smart home products now work with Assistant. Smaller, quieter, and cheaper it's also squarely targeted to be another decision you have to make when it comes to which voice assistant you want to integrate into your lifestyle.

The Home Max will go on sale in December - just as Apple has said of its competing HomePod - and it will cost $399, a little more than the $349 Apple smart speaker, which is powered by Siri.

You can use it as an intercom of sorts using the new broadcast feature; by placing the Home Mini in various places throughout your house, you can use it to broadcast a message to all Home devices in your house. You will also be able to record these home live streams using voice commands in your Google Home as well. Like the Echo Dot, the Google Home Mini can receive input through Google Cast or Bluetooth. Underneath a fabric speaker grille, Google has also packed in 0.7-inch tweeters, an acoustic brace and a range of far-field microphones. We will keep you informed on when these features and updates will roll out!

It's Google's turn to announce some new hardware. What's your favorite? Let us know!

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