Google Launches Home Max and Home Mini Smart Speakers

Home Max: Google Goes After HomePod With a Big Ass Sonos Clone

Google's got a new product aimed directly at Amazon's massively popular Echo smart speaker: Google Home Mini. Underneath a fabric speaker grille, Google has also packed in 0.7-inch tweeters, an acoustic brace and a range of far-field microphones. And then, at the tail end of the Google Home announcement, the thump of a bass showed up.

The smart speaker market got a bit more interesting when Google revealed its Amazon Echo rival, Google Home, early past year.

Google now has not one but two new entrants to its smart home speaker family. It can also automatically tune to volume based on the type of audio that is fed out of the speakers, and increase or reduce the volume according to what's happening around it.

For instance, users can attach separate Google accounts to the Assistant and have Google Home recite different calendar appointments depending on the voice it hears.

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

Google also announced wireless headphones, called Pixel Buds.

Google also introduced a new Google Home Device at the Made by Google Event - Google Home Max. Connectivity options include a 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth and Chromecast support. To power the device, you'll need to use its microUSB port.

The new feature has been created to make a profile out of your voice's pitch and tone and differentiate it from the rest of the household.

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.

Google Home Max is a large speaker, and it's housing some serious hardware behind that friendly facade.

Unfortunately, Google is making this a US-exclusive for now. It will come with a free 12-month subscription to YouTube Music.

He mentioned how people have opened their homes up to victims and called out the help from first responders.

Google also souped up the already highly rated camera on the Pixel, boasting that it will take even better photos than the iPhone.

Tech companies such as Apple and Google tend to announce their newest products this time of year, ahead of the holiday shopping season.

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