Yes, that's not why you'd buy one, maybe, but you'd also be getting a connected smart speaker that can play Spotify, Google Music and plenty more services - not to mention all the connected tricks it can do with Smart TVs and your smart home. Smaller, quieter, and cheaper it's also squarely targeted to be another decision you have to make when it comes to which voice assistant you want to integrate into your lifestyle. Obviously, it has Google Assistant built-in. Google attacks Apple's TrueDepth camera and mocks Apple for having to use dual cameras to achieve Portrait Mode. The speaker has dual 4.5-inch woofers for better bass performance.
At today's Made by Google event, Google made pretty clear that they were completely invested into the Google Assistant and, especially, into the Google Home, which formally became a product lineup today. It has Cast functionality, as well as input via stereo 3.5 mm jack. Google is providing users a free 12 months subscription to YouTube Red.
The Home Mini goes on sale October 19 for $49 in three colors: chalk, charcoal, and coral (a reddish orange). Last week, Amazon announced the next generation of its Echo speaker, coming out in time for the holiday shopping season, will cost just $100, a price that Google decided not to match.
Analysts seem confident the smart speaker is more than just a flash in the pan, representing the future of both home entertainment and commerce. It goes on pre-order in the U.S. today, with a full release set for 19 October. For example, you will be able to ask your Google Home "who's at the front door" and it will connect with a previously paired Nest camera located at the said front door, displaying a live stream of it on a connected TV.
Like Apple with the HomePod, Google is promising that its Max speaker will learn your musical tastes so it can become a digital DJ that automatically selects tunes that you'll enjoy. The speaker is also created to be set up horizontally or vertically, with a magnetic plastic bottom that you can move to whatever side of the speaker you need to, depending on how you set it up.