Google Home Mini: Google launches little rival to Amazon's Echo Dot

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And there's a good reason for that! The Max speaker comes with a "Smart Sound" technology. You might not have been interested in smart speakers until now, but if you got one free with your new phone, you'd try it out, right?

Regardless, it's clear Google is taking its place in the smart speaker market seriously.

It's been almost 18 months since Google announced Home, its entry into the exploding smart speaker category, which now includes the Amazon Echo (powered by Alexa), Apple HomePod (Siri), and Harman Kardon Invoke (Microsoft Cortana). The Home Mini aims to take on the Amazon Echo while the bigger variant aims to take on the likes of Sonos 3. It won't even make fun of you for listening to "Drops of Jupiter" by Train or anything. It will be available in all the seven countries where Google Home is available and...

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In another announcement related to Google Home, users can now find their devices if they have lost in in their house.

Google's most adorable product launch today is definitely its puck-sized Home Mini. It will be coming in two colour variants - Chalk and Charcoal, priced at $399.

That's just the tip of the iceberg, really, as Google Home Mini can plug into all kinds of situations and be tuned to suit your personal home life as necessary.

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It's about a fifth of the size of the standard Google Home. Earlier, it used Google Voice or Project random number. After all, the thing is a not-so-subtle copy of the Play:5 speaker, down to the ability to use it in both vertical and horizontal orientations.

The Home Max will roll out to other territories including the United Kingdom next year. The firm's Wednesday hardware event hence managed to surprise many industry watchers, with the tech giant launching a gadget that's meant to be its most premium Google Assistant-enabled offering to date. In this case, telling your Home "where's my phone" will ping the nearest Android device paired with your Google account. It will be available in retail stores on October 19.

Google also introduced a new Google Home Device at the Made by Google Event - Google Home Max.

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