Google announces donut-sized Google Home speaker

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It's also likely a move that will help address forthcoming competition for Home from Apple, which is set to launch its own Siri-enabled premium speaker, the HomePod, by the end of this year. The company really emphasized the new hardware's bass, while also highlighting some neat software features that made it easier to play music as well as its Google Assistant features.

The Google Home Mini will be available October 19 from major retailers for all seven Google Home markets including the newly announced market: Japan.

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The fabric itself is also thin enough to allow for LED lights beneath it to visibly light up when you address the Google Assistant, making the device look like a unique blend of a traditional speaker and a high-tech gadget and doing an incredibly good job of illustrating the fact that this soft-looking object is "talking" to you. Google says that this fabric was specially developed to be used with the device. The Home Mini's arrival is known for a while since information leaked out a few weeks ago. Priced at $49 in the USA, the device is already up for pre-orders in the country and will be made available starting October 19. The firm says that the new Home Mini can connect with any Chromecast speakers. Users can get it in chalk or charcoal colour options.

One of the other tiny surprises was Yoky Matsuoka, who left Google's X Lab to join Apple in May 2016, and who left Apple abruptly in December 2016 due to health reasons, magically popped up as CTO of Nest working on products to work with the Google Home product line. It's about a fifth of the size of the standard Google Home.

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The demo area at the Google launch was very noisy, so it was hard for us to properly assess the quality of the speaker but we'd say -at this early stage - it's better than the one you find in the Echo Dot. However, this feature (like many others) was limited to the United States.

Google has announced that after Canada and the USA, now the United Kingdom is also going to get free hands free calling. One thing's for sure: we'll find out very soon. It also supports "Voice Match" technology, which recognises different voices of users and shows customised results. Google Clips Google Clips is a lightweight, hands-free camera. It can even turn up the volume of your phone before pinging it and even bypasses a silent ringer mode. Google will offer 12 months of ad-free YouTube music subscription with the purchase of the Home Max.

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