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.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Girlfriend of Vegas Gunman Arrives in US

    Girlfriend of Vegas Gunman Arrives in US

    Police responded to the incident and found Paddock dead in his hotel room from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot. This is a developing story. "She was away so that she will be not there to interfere with what he's planning", she said.
    United States  to expel majority of Cuban embassy staff

    United States to expel majority of Cuban embassy staff

    Ties between the U.S. and Cuba were restored under President Barack Obama in 2014 after more than half a century. U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson had earlier said that kicking out 15 Cuban diplomats would "ensure equity".
    Titans to sign Brandon Weeden

    Titans to sign Brandon Weeden

    Former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden signed a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, ESPN reported. If Mariota can't play in Week 5 against the Dolphins , Matthews will be hard to trust as more than a boom-bust WR3/4.
  • Calls for gun control following mass shooting in Las Vegas

    How can we reduce the number of gun-related deaths? Hillary Clinton tweeted Monday morning: "Our grief isn't enough". Calls for tougher gun control laws are growing louder after the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.
    Saudi king to make historic visit to Russian Federation

    Saudi king to make historic visit to Russian Federation

    King Salman will travel to Moscow Thursday, a trip marking the first visit of a Saudi reigning monarch to Russian Federation . While Russia and Saudi Arabia are now allies on the global oil market, they are on the opposite sides in the Syria conflict.
    Tesco resumes dividend payments as sales and net profit up

    Tesco resumes dividend payments as sales and net profit up

    In Tesco's prime market, the United Kingdom, like-for-like turnover grew 2.2 % and there was a 1.1 % increase in Ireland. Pre-tax profit was also up, rising to £ 562m for the first half compared with £71m for the same period a year ago .
  • Belgium boss makes vow to Man Utd over Lukaku fitness

    Belgium boss makes vow to Man Utd over Lukaku fitness

    We will make a decision probably on Friday, but I would say that it is a little bit hard for him to be involved on Saturday. He has scored 11 goals in his first 10 games following his £75 million move from Everton in the summer.
    Thousands of Children in Virginia Could Lose Health Insurance by January

    Thousands of Children in Virginia Could Lose Health Insurance by January

    The federal government sends CHIP money to states annually, based on previous spending of the funds and populations factors. And Minnesota would face a $10 million federal penalty if it has to tap into its unspent federal allotment for 2017.
    Arsene Wenger told Arsenal duo won't scare top European teams

    Arsene Wenger told Arsenal duo won't scare top European teams

    We could have done more , but ok". "After Liverpool , we talked because we couldn't play like we did that day", the Spaniard said.
  • The Nobel Prize for Physics was Awarded to Gravitational Waves Observers

    The Nobel Prize for Physics was Awarded to Gravitational Waves Observers

    Barry Barish , now professor emeritus of physics at Caltech, joined the project in 1994 and later became the LIGO director. The gravitational waves discovered are oscillations in space-time created by the collision of the black holes.
    Srinagar attack: Rajnath calls high level meeting to review situation

    Srinagar attack: Rajnath calls high level meeting to review situation

    He said that around 4.30 am, a group of terrorists presumably " fidayeen ", attacked the 182 battalion camp of the BSF. Asked which group was responsible for the attack, Khan said, "Jaish-e-Mohammad was responsible for the attack".
    Twins leave Miguel Sano off wild-card roster vs. Yankees

    Twins leave Miguel Sano off wild-card roster vs. Yankees

    Severino labored through a 46-pitch third inning, including a 13-pitch at-bat by Mauer that ended in a run-scoring single. Yankees scored 858 runs, an increase of 178 from previous year and second in the majors behind Houston (896).
popular