Google goes Goldilocks with Home Mini and Home Max speakers

Muriel Hammond
October 5, 2017

Taking on Apple's Home Pod and Sonos, the Google Home Max is a stereo smart speaker focusing on audio fidelity. Powered by Google's machine-learning capabilities and available in December, Google has launched a speaker called Max that supports YouTube Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and more. Adding to the competition Google introduced its Google Home Mini, which is a smaller, and efficient version of the original Google Home. Pre-orders start today with customer deliveries beginning on October 19.

Another key feature that allows the user to search more than three million recipes and follow step-by-step cooking instructions from the smart speakers is set to be rolled out in the next few days. It will be coming in two colour variants - Chalk and Charcoal, priced at $399.

"Max is more than 20x more powerful than google home so it will fill any room in your house with great sound", home tead lead Rishi Chandra said onstage at SFJAZZ Center during Google's biggest hardware event of the year.

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. Moreover, Google repeatedly focused on Google Home Mini being a means of turning your standard home into a "smart" home.

Unfortunately, Google is making this a US-exclusive for now.


Google also souped up the already highly rated camera on the Pixel, boasting that it will take even better photos than the iPhone. It costs $249 in the U.S. and will be made available soon.

Well, now instead of having to strain your lovely operatic voice to cajole them into moving faster, you Google can help instead.

This feature, while it's actually something really basic, can have many different utilities: you can use a broadcast for telling your friends something in another room, you can use one for waking up your children in the morning, and a lot more! Google will offer 12 months of ad-free YouTube music subscription with the purchase of the Home Max. It can even turn up the volume of your phone before pinging it and even bypasses a silent ringer mode.

Voice Match is also rolling out as an update to Google Home starting today.

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