Meet the Google Home Mini, a $49 Amazon Echo Dot Alternative

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If the Google Home Mini is meant to be a competitor to Amazon's Echo Dot, then the Google Home Max was most certainly designed for taking on the likes of Sonos Play:5 and the upcoming Apple HomePod.

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.

The Google Home Mini is covered in fabric, just like the original Google Home smart speaker.

In common with the other devices in the Google Home line-up the Google Assistant is built-in, and this smart speaker supports multi-room audio so you can hook up several together.

Amazon, on the other hand, rolled out phone call integration for Amazon Alexa-supported devices, including support for using your own phone number in these devices.

Google Home is supposed to be the central hub for all your connected devices.

It's available for pre-order right away, and available in seven countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, UK and USA, including Japan - the new country that was announced at the Google event. The firm says that the new Home Mini can connect with any Chromecast speakers. The Home Max is touted to be 20 times more powerful than the Google Home when it comes to the sound output.

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Perhaps the most intriguing new feature is Smart Sound.

It will also be coming to other countries Google operates in, including the United Kingdom, soon.

Google Home is taking rounds on the internet from past few months. Users can simply tap on the earbud to trigger the Google Assistant or change the track.

Voice Match is also rolling out as an update to Google Home starting today. The same stuff you'd do on a standard Google Home speaker.

Oh and one more thing.

That puts it in direct competition with Apple's forthcoming HomePod, which is also leaning on sound quality as a differentiator, as well as the new Amazon Echo Plus. To power the device, you'll need to use its microUSB port. 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.

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