Speaker Assistant to Ship to Devices as Early as October 19?

Google follows Amazon with multi-step smart home routines and kid-friendly accounts
Google unveils Home Max for $399, coming to the US in December
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05 October, 2017

Google has announced a smaller version of its home assistant in the Google Home Mini. The company introduced the new product during an event in California on Wednesday morning.

The hockey puck-like Google Home Mini comes in three colours: chalk, charcoal and coral.

With leaks dating back months, and most details accidentally revealed by Walmart yesterday, the launch of the Google Home Mini did not surprise us today.

But what do you actually do with it?

Google is making a big deal about the sound quality of the Home Max, and focused specifically during the launch event on a newly designed system called Smart Sound, which automatically tunes the speaker based on where it is located.

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Perhaps the most intriguing new feature is Smart Sound. The device makes use of Google's hardware, software as well as AI and Machine learning technologies to deliver an incredible music experience.

The Google Home Mini will be available October 19 from major retailers for all seven Google Home markets including the newly announced market: Japan. The Home Mini embraces a simple rounded design, with a distinctive fabric enclosure.

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.

It also has lights at the top, which will let you know when the Home Mini is in the middle of interacting. The speaker will be going up for sale in December (the same time as Apple's HomePod) for $399 in the USA, and will be heading to other countries early next year. The speaker is covered nearly entirely in fabric dyed in chalk (light gray), coral (red), and charcoal (darker gray) colors. This feature is powered by Google AI and the speaker now supports music services like Spotify and YouTube Music. Handsfree calling, which was introduced earlier in the U.S., will also be coming to the United Kingdom, later this year.

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