Google Just Unveiled its Home Mini Internet-Connected Speaker

Joanna Estrada
October 5, 2017

Priced at Euro 59, the speaker will become more widely available at the end of the month, when it will also be sold by Bouygues Telecom, Carrefour, Rue du Commerce, Auchan, Hyper U, and Super U. Meanwhile, the Daydream View VR headset will make its French debut on Google's online store with a price tag of Euro 109.

It will be sold for $49 in the US. In Australia the Google Home Mini will be available "soon" through Telstra, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, The Good Guys, David Jones and The Google Store. "It's loud, with dual 4.5" woofers and custom 0.7" tweeters, giving it over 20x the power of the Google Home. The Home Mini's diminutive size makes it competitor to Amazon's Echo Dot speaker, the smaller alternative to the original Echo speaker. Although the Echo does now support multiple users, Home speakers can automatically recognise who's speaking and give you tailored responses based on your Google account.

Google Home Max is priced at $399 and available in Chalk and Charcoal colors. As the name suggests, it is a larger version of the original Google Home. The new Google Daydream View VR headset is expected to be launched in 11 countries - the US, Canada, UK, Germany, India, Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Korea.

Google Home will also receive integration with the Nest product line, which includes smart thermostats, security cameras and other product series for your home. The company also launched its Google Pixel and Pixel XL 2 smartphones at the same event.

Simply ask a question you want the answer to, ask it to play some music (from various sources) or get it to control other smart home devices you might own like Philips Hue lighting or Nest.

You can use it as an intercom of sorts using the new broadcast feature; by placing the Home Mini in various places throughout your house, you can use it to broadcast a message to all Home devices in your house. To set that up, verify your phone number on the Google Home App. If your phone is running on iOS it will call your phone, but if it's an Android device you can get an audio ping even if it's on silent.

It's not known where will all these features actually roll out to Google Home device owners, but judging by the phone call integration rollout, it could take several months before we actually see all of this in our Home devices. What's your favorite? Let us know!

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