Google Home Mini, Home Max smart speakers launched: Price, features and more

REUTERS  Beck Diefenbach Google Home is displayed during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco California

Unlike Apple's HomePod, which is limited to Apple Music, Google's Home Max is compatible with a slew of music services (free and paid Spotify accounts), YouTube Music, and Google Music.

Both the speakers are smart speakers which means that they can be controlled via Google Assistant hands-free. The speakers those were launched are the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max.

The top of the Home Mini enclosure is made out of a custom linen-like fabric, and has four LED lights underneath that indicate the Mini is listening. Mini is available in three color versions, including Chalk, Charcoal and Coral for United States dollars 49. It's a stereo speaker with two 4.5-inch woofers and a couple of tweeters flanking them for much-improved bass performance. It provides the same functionality as the standard Home device, but its small stature and less hearty hardware make it more appealing as a smart home controller and info hub than an audio device. As you'd expect, the Max also has Assistant built in.

The Google Home Max is priced at $399 and will be available from December.

The Google Home Max is first ever speaker from Google that comes with Smart Sound.

So, even during booming audio, Google reckons the Home Max will be able to hear your voice requests. It is covered with fabric and you just have to tap it for a number of functions.

Along with these new speakers Google is also pushing out an update to anyone who already owns a Home. It can adjust the sound dynamically in relation to its position in the room and tune to the flawless sound setting within seconds. Voice Match is now available in those countries as well. Instead, it essentially adds Google Assistant to any speaker and can answer basic queries such as "What's the weather?" or "What's the Yankees game score?" Google is bundling 12-months of YouTube Music subscription with the Google Home. Amazon carefully developed three different versions so that its customers from every price bracket could buy and use Alexa.

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