Google takes direct shot at Amazon with mini smart speaker

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To send a broadcast, you just need to say "OK Google, broadcast" followed by the message you want the Google Home to speak out.

And there's a good reason for that!

Google Home Max: What is Smart Sound? If you're balking at the $400 price, that's probably because this speaker isn't meant for you.

New Google Home Mini speaker.

While the Home Mini debuted today to compete with the Echo Dot and low-priced smart speakers, the Home Max will compete directly with high-end smart speakers like products from Sonos, recently unveiled Echo Plus and Apple's HomePod. However, there's no headphone jack like the Amazon Echo Dot.

Now, chasing Amazon and its Echo Dot - which uses the seller's Alexa voice assistant - Google has announced Home Mini. It won't even make fun of you for listening to "Drops of Jupiter" by Train or anything.

Another bonus: Google Home users in the United Kingdom will be able to enjoy hands-free calling through the device later this year.

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There are two 4.5-inch woofers, and a gaggle of tweeters behind that - Google says it's "twenty times more powerful" than the original Google Home. According to Google it is biggest and best sounding Google Home yet. And as you might imagine, Google Home Max works with other Google Home devices.

When it comes to audio, the Google Home Mini boasts a 360 degree speaker which is tuned for voice rather than music.

The hockey puck-like Google Home Mini comes in three colours: chalk, charcoal and coral.

It is capable of making calendar appointments, searching the web to answer questions, controlling your smart home appliances and music streams, and is created to be scattered throughout multiple rooms in the home.

New Google Home Max super speaker. It will come with a free 12-month subscription to YouTube Music. Earlier, it used Google Voice or Project random number. The UK is the latest country to get the feature, coming later this year. One thing's for sure: we'll find out very soon.

Finally, Google introduced its Pixel phones 2 and 2 XL, both Daydream ready. The device will be available in stores from October 19, with pre-orders opening today. Google Home Max will be available in December for $399.

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