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Home Max: Google Goes After HomePod With a Big Ass Sonos Clone

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It also announced that from now on, its fellow Alphabet-owned company, Nest, will be now more integrated with its Home smart speakers.

The front of the Max is covered in the same fabric as the Home Mini, though the coral color will not be available.

Google on Wednesday unveiled a slimmed down version of its digital assistant connected speaker starting at $49, stepping up its challenge to market leader Amazon. And then, at the tail end of the Google Home announcement, the thump of a bass showed up.

Chandra touted the Max speaker's ability to adapt to the sound environment of your home using a feature Google is calling SmartSound.

Google is selling the Home Max for nearly $400, about $50 more than the HomePod.

"It comes in three handsome colours, fits neatly into the palm of your hand, and is available for only £49, so is accessible for anyone wanting to build on or start their smart home for the first time". 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. Destined to be endlessly messed with by your cat, the Home Mini will be the cheapest way for buyers to enter the Google Home ecosystem. The speaker itself uses the inbuilt mics and machine learning wizardry to compensate for ambient noise and loud home appliances, room acoustics, and placement relative to the walls and the listener.

It retails for $49 in the USA and is available for pre-order now. Users will able to stream via Bluetooth and connect a device via a 3.5mm jack.

Google Home Max: How much will it cost and when can I buy it in the UK?

Another thing that Google introduced to Google Home was voice recognition. However, this feature (like many others) was limited to the United States. The speaker will be available by December and will be coming with free 12 month subscription to YouTube RED. To power the device, you'll need to use its microUSB port.

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.

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