Google Home, Home Mini smart speakers to be launched in India soon

Saul Bowman
April 3, 2018

We first got to know about the Android Go Initiative, the Android One phones that are tailored for customers looking for budgeted purchases, and the pixel 2 series in the premium category. Select Indian retailers also took part in some of the meets, ET reports.

Lots of users sent snarky tweets showing the blank Google homepage of the day ignoring Easter.

It's unclear whether Google plans to bring its cheaper Pixels worldwide, or if it'll be limited to India. In October 2017, India overtook the U.S. as the world's second largest smartphone market behind China.

But there's just one (huge) catch: the device will be aimed at India and other emerging markets, according to the Economic Times. Well, if reports are correct, we could see the Chrome OS based Pixelbook laptop, Google Wi-Fi as well as smart home automation products including security cameras, alarm system, doorbells, and smoke detector, from its popular Nest brand.

The news comes from Variety who last week interviewed Google's vice president of Home devices Rishi Chandra.

Google is gearing up to launch "Google Home" and "Google Home Mini" in India this month. The mid-range model is said to be one of multiple devices Google has in the pipeline for launch this summer, with the company specifically targeting it at emerging markets like India. In the United States, the Google Home costs 130 Dollars which is equivalent to Rs. 8,400 and the Google Home Mini costs around 50 USD which is around Rs. 3,400. The main reason Mountain View is not doing a rapid expansion is the issue of brand recognition - many Indians are still oblivious that the search engine also sells hardware.

Amazon launched the Echo gadgets in India almost its voice colleague Alexa.

Google's smart speakers are powered by Assistant and the executives say the speakers will support Hindi and ten other regional languages in the country. While Google's Assistant is called Google Assistant, Amazon calls its AI Alexa.

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