Hands-On With the Google Home Max Premium Smart Speaker

05 October, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • The Verge

The announcement of this device followed the announcement of the Google Home Mini - a miniature version of the Google Home.

As with the Home and new Home Mini, the Home Max uses Google Assistant to give you voice control of a huge range of smart home gadgets. Aptly, its called chalk. The Google Home Max is official and here's everything you need to know about the specs, price and United Kingdom release date. Google says over 1,000 smart home products now work with Assistant. To send a broadcast, you just need to say "OK Google, broadcast" followed by the message you want the Google Home to speak out.

The Google Home Mini unveiled Wednesday is a button-sized speaker covered in fabric. The device will be available in stores from October 19, with pre-orders opening today.

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Another thing that Google introduced to Google Home was voice recognition. Powered by Google's machine-learning capabilities and available in December, Google has launched a speaker called Max that supports YouTube Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and more. Like the HomePod, the Google Home Max can also automatically tune itself for its position in a room.

The Google Home Mini is a sleek design with rounded corners to make it look like an ornament and seemingly integrate into a room. However, as per the post on Reddit, the Google Home Mini will not be costing $80 CAD which would translate to $64 United States dollars, approx $15 more than the current rumored cost of the smart speakers in the U.S. market. You won't be able to swap colours or buy different base textures like you can with the regular Home. It sounds impressive in theory and doesn't disappoint in practice, though it remains to be seen how the speaker's automatic reconfiguration systems will perform in environments that are less controlled than Google's convention venues.

New Google Home Max super speaker.

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Max also supports Cast, Bluetooth or stereo aux input. It can even call your friends for free (in the United States and Canada, the feature is coming to the United Kingdom later this year).

Its relatively low cost means it'll appeal to a wider audience and it's tempting to pick up more than one to really kick your smart home into gear.

In the USA the Max will cost $399.

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