As was expected, Google has announced a new smaller version of their Google Home smart speaker, called the Home Mini, to compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot. Additionaly, Google announced a much larger higher-end smart speaker called the Home Max that more closely competes with the upcoming Apple HomePod speaker, than anything Amazon makes.
Google took to the stage today at their annual hardware event and announced a slew of new hardware which included new phones, laptops, headphones, and smart speakers. Unfortunately, there was no new Chromecast or Android TV hardware and the two platforms were hardly even mentioned.
As leaks suggestions, Google announced a new Google Home Mini smart speaker with Google’s voice assistant built in. Similar to the Google Home speaker introduced last year, the new smaller speaker is half covered in fabric, but this time the fabric is on the top half of the device. Under the fabric are 4 LEDs to indicate the device’s 2 far-field microphones have heard you.
The Home Mini will be available in three colors, “chalk,” “charcoal,” and “coral”. It is available to pre-order today for $49. It will be released on October 19th in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Australia, and Japan.
Also announced is a considerably larger speaker called the Google Home Max. It houses a pair of stereo 4.5-inch woofers along with a pair of tweeters. Being a smart speaker, it too has far-field microphones for hands-free voice commands.
Much like Apple’s recently announced HomePod speaker, the Home Max can tune itself for the room it is in by listening to how sound bounces off of walls and objects. It supports Bluetooth and has a 3.5mm audio jack. The Home Max will be $399 when it is available in December and it comes with a 12-month subscription to YouTube Music.