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Hands on: Google Home Mini review

Hands on: Google Home Mini review

The Google Home Max is a product that launched without many rumors and speculation as Alphabet's subsidiary managed to keep it a secret nearly until its very unveiling and only had the device leaked last week.

The Google Home Mini will be available October 19 from major retailers for all seven Google Home markets including the newly announced market: Japan. You'll be able to seamlessly integrate it with other Google Homes or other Chromecast-enabled devices, and the speaker can be oriented horizontally or vertically. Google says that this fabric was specially developed to be used with the device.

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The Google Home Max has a fabric design for the grille, with the speaker available in two color options - chalk and charcoal.

Perhaps the most intriguing new feature is Smart Sound.

Google Home Max is a large speaker, and it's housing some serious hardware behind that friendly facade.

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A Smart Sound feature allows it to automatically adjust its output depending on where it is in the house, turning up or down the volume, and tuning itself to deliver the best possible sound for the space - something that Google says it can do "within seconds".

The command "Hey Google, goodnight!" can turn off all the lights, turn down the temperature and remind the user of their first meeting next day.

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

The Home Mini looks very much like a small-sized Google Home device.

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. Google has equipped the Home Max with touch controls and the backlit LEDs.

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. It'll also fit in nicely with any other Home devices you have your environment, meaning multiroom audio potential. But the Max speaker will work with a wider range of music-streaming services than the HomePod, which is created to be a companion to Apple Music.


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