Google takes on Sonos, Apple with Google Home Max

Oct 05, 2017, 00:29
Google takes on Sonos, Apple with Google Home Max

Google's voice-activated digital assistant will serve as the brains for all the speakers. They are also introducing the new Home Mini and Home Max smart speaker systems.

The Home Max by Google is definitely made to compete with the likes of Apple's HomePod, hence it will have a bunch of similar features as well, just like this one.

While the Home Mini only fetches for $49 Dollars, the Home Max understandably goes for quite a bit more at $499 USD. The Google Home Max is an audio-centric device that mostly focusses on offering basic Home features along with stereo speakers with emphasis on bass. What's your favorite? Let us know!

The new, larger Home speaker is clearly meant to be an answer to critics who suggested the original Home lacked good audio quality (myself included) by providing something for users who care more about sound.

It retails for $49 in the U.S. and is available for pre-order now. The Home Mini's arrival is known for a while since information leaked out a few weeks ago.

Google Home will also receive integration with the Nest product line, which includes smart thermostats, security cameras and other product series for your home.

So, even during booming audio, Google reckons the Home Max will be able to hear your voice requests. Two 4.5-inch woofers surrounded by several tweeters are hidden beneath the fabric grille. However, this feature (like many others) was limited to the United States.

The Home Mini has a coloured base with a soft, cloth-covered top. This step will allow you to do multi-step routines and also trigger the device with phrases like "good morning".

The doughnut-shaped device, which is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, comes in three colours - chalk, charcoal and coral. Both speakers are due to hit stores in December.

Google is counting on the knowledge that it has accumulated through its dominant search engine to make its assistant far more intelligent than either Alexa or Siri, giving it an edge over its rivals over time. The new wireless earphones also support real-time Google translation tech in 40 languages.

In the USA the Max will cost $399. Google has equipped the Home Max with touch controls and the backlit LEDs. The images saved can be viewed in the connected account's Google Photos platform.