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Google Beefs Up Home Lineup With Home Max, Mini

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Google Beefs Up Home Lineup With Home Max, Mini

The $49 Google Home Mini arrives on Oct. 19; look for the larger Google Home Max in December for $399.

Google today launched Mini and Max versions of Google Home.

The fabric-covered, voice-powered Google Home Mini is $49 and available for pre-order today; it arrives on Oct. 19 in the Google Store and at other retailers. Get it in three colors: coral, chalk, or charcoal.

"It makes Google Home more accessible to more people in more rooms," Google's Isabelle Olsson said at a Wednesday event in San Francisco. "Make it your sous chef in the kitchen, white noise machine in nursery, alarm clock in the bedroom, or all of the above."

The small and mighty Google Home Mini brings hands-free help from your #GoogleAssistant to any room → #madebygoogle

— Google (@Google) October 4, 2017

The larger Google Home Max looks like a more traditional speaker; it will set you back $399 and arrives in December with 12 months of free YouTube Red. Get it in chalk or charcoal.

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Google Max employs Smart Sound, a new audio experience powered by AI, which adapts to your environment, according to Google. It will auto tune the speaker to correct for things like placement in a room—set it up horizontally or vertically—and what's going on around you. It can raise the volume when the dishwasher is running or adjust based on what you're listening to; loud music versus podcasts, for example.


Google Max supports YouTube Music, Spotify, and several other music-streaming services. Or connect to Google Cast, Bluetooth, or your old-school stereo. Naturally, Google Assistant is built in, so you can request tunes by voice.

Google also talked up some of the kid-focused features for Google Home. Broadcast, for example, will let you broadcast one message to every Google Home device in the house, like an intercom system. In partnership with Disney, meanwhile, kids will able to ask Google Home to start up games like musical chairs.

If you're worried about your child asking Google Home about sensitive topics, these devices now support Family Link accounts; control their access in the Google app.

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