Google Home Mini officially announced: everything you need to know

Google Home Mini officially announced: everything you need to know

The Google Home Mini is a competitor to Amazon's Echo Dot, which just launched in India at an introductory price of Rs 4,499.

Google also announced the Google Home Max, a larger speaker that's "20 times more powerful than Google Home", according to Rishi Chandra, who heads Google Home. The Home Max speaker is said to be 20x louder when compared to the first Google Home speaker and can be placed either horizontally or vertically.

Like its older sibling, the Mini works using Google Assistant, the company's artificially intelligent personal assistant that rivals Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Samsung's Bixby. The device can also be connected wirelessly to any Chromecast to use the speaker anywhere in the home.

The Home Mini is the flawless rival to the Echo Dot, and if you're firmly in the Google rather than Amazon camp, it's a great device to kick off your smart home, or build on what you have already. You can ask the Google Assistant to do things like calling your mom, or texting someone via WhatsApp.

If you'd like to control the speaker by physical touch inputs, you can do so by simply tapping or holding the side of the speaker to increase and decrease the volume.

Another feature here is that there's fabric on top of the Mini to make sure it fits into your living room (or any other room in your house). It's a cute device and available in three: colors, grey, black and coral, which is like an orange-pink. Google Studio Apartment, if you will. Additionally, you're not going to get the same kind of sound quality either. Or the same music can be synced to multiple speaker devices (Google Home, Google Home Mini) throughout the home. Google Home Max can link up with any other Google Cast speaker in your home and, of course, can be paired with each other, should you want two Google Home Max in your living room in order to rattle the rafters as you rock out.

Google Home Max: How much will it cost and when can I buy it in the UK? The price-tag is softened somewhat by 12-month of free access to YouTube Red, meaning your ad-free streaming subscription is covered for the year. It will go on sale in December, priced at £399.

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