The Google Home Mini unveiled Wednesday is a button-sized speaker covered in fabric.
Another thing that Google introduced to Google Home was voice recognition. Now, the company will soon offer a trio of options for consumers. The new Home Max however is a pleasant surprise since it appears to be the company's bid to compete against Sonos. 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. It also has a microphone switch on the back along with micro USB for powering it.
Like Apple with the HomePod, Google is promising that its Max speaker will learn your musical tastes so it can become a digital DJ that automatically selects tunes that you'll enjoy. In the United States it will retail for $49 outright, which translates to around $75 AUD, but that's a figure without sales taxes, so it's likely that when we do see the Google Home Mini, it'll be closer to $85-$100 after GST and shipping is taken into account. You can also stream from a device to the speaker via Bluetooth, or plug in any device with an auxiliary input. You can choose to place it horizontally on its side, or vertically, on its magnetic base. It can also be controlled manually by on-speaker touch controls, Bluetooh and Google Cast. Buyers will also a free subscription to the company's YouTube Red service for a year.
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Google Home Max takes a diametrically opposite approach to the Home Mini, and is significantly larger while being geared towards better music playback. One phrase will basically be able to turn on the lights, roll up a window shade, read the news for you and even start boiling water.
The Home Mini goes on sale October 19 for $49 in three colors: chalk, charcoal, and coral (a reddish orange).