Google Home Mini: Google launches little rival to Amazon's Echo Dot

Google Home Max is the new, beefer version of Google Home with 20x the audio power

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said the new devices aim to weave artificial intelligence that make them easier to use.

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. The device incorporates touch-activated controls and a 3.5mm audio port, while supporting Bluetooth and Google Cast. Google is indeed stepping up their game when it comes to smart speakers. The speaker can be operated by touching on top just like the original Google Home.

The Google Home Max goes on sale in December for $399. It's also available in a choice of colours: Chalk and Charcoal.

The Google Home Mini is a small puck-shaped device upholstered in a special cloth fabric and features 4 LEDs that shine through the fabric and let the user know it is listening or thinking.

The Home Max, which comes in chocolate and charcoal colors, is available in the United States at launch and will come to more countries in 2018. Google Pixel Buds Google Pixel Buds are the search giant's first ever wireless earphones.

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That's just the tip of the iceberg, really, as Google Home Mini can plug into all kinds of situations and be tuned to suit your personal home life as necessary. The new wireless earphones also support real-time Google translation tech in 40 languages.

You'll find it available through other retailers on 19 October.

Google also souped up the already highly rated camera on the Pixel, boasting that it will take even better photos than the iPhone. Google says it is 20 percent louder in output in comparison. "We've put machine learning capabilities directly into Clips so when you turn it on, the camera looks for good moments to capture". The speaker is also created to be set up horizontally or vertically, with a magnetic plastic bottom that you can move to whatever side of the speaker you need to, depending on how you set it up.

In the USA the Max will cost $399.

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