Google has finally announced two new versions of its Google Home smart speaker, called the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max.
The Google Home Mini is now open for pre-orders and will retail at $49. It will be offered in a choice of three color options which include charcoal, chalk, as well as a Coral color variant. The device is now the company’s latest entry-level smart speaker that comes equipped with features such as voice-assistant and LEDs that offer visual feedback.
Meanwhile, the Google Home Max offers more or less the same functionality though comes with much-better audio capabilities. For instance, it offers AUX capabilities so users can connect their high-end audio equipment with the device. Also, it comes with a smart audio optimization feature that automatically adjusts sound depending upon the room’s surroundings. Not to forget, users can pair two Google Home Max speakers for a high-end audio experience, something on the lines of Sonos Play:3 speakers. Audiophiles, therefore, won’t have to make any compromises on the quality of sound.
Google Home Max will retail at $399 and will arrive in stores starting December. The device will be offered in a choice of Chalk and Charcoal color options and comes with a 12-month subscription to YouTube Red for free.
Apart from announcing new additions to its Home family of smart speakers, Google also plans to introduce a bunch of new features for its Google Home range of devices. For instance, users will be able to find their phones with Google Home Mini and Google Home. Also, smartphones running Google’s Android OS will automatically trigger an alarm even if their device is set on silent. While iOS users will get a call from Google if their handset is set on silent.
Elsewhere, Google Home is also getting a rather nifty feature in the form of hands-free calling. Hence, consumers will be able to use Google Home as a speaker phone and link their mobile phone number for caller ID with Google Home. Users will also be able to share messages to all Google Home devices in your house from now onwards.
Not to mention, Google is also integrating Google Home with the company’s Nest products. As users will be able to connect doorbells from Nest with Google Home, so they’re automatically notified when someone reaches their doorstep. Also, users can control other smart home devices such as ACs, smart bulbs, and more with just a single voice command.