Google Home has new tech to help you yell at your kids

Delia Watkins
October 5, 2017

Taking on Apple's Home Pod and Sonos, the Google Home Max is a stereo smart speaker focusing on audio fidelity.

As well as launching its new smart speaker, Google is unveiling new personal assistant features that include broadcasting messages to multiple devices.

There's a lot to like about the design: I intentionally positioned the original Google Home alongside the Mini just to show how much smaller it is. What sets it apart from Google Home, apart from a smaller size, is how it eschews music grade speakers in favour of portability and Google Assistant specific roles catered to a more personal setting, such as having on placed near the bedside where it can function as an alarm for example. The device makes use of Google's hardware, software as well as AI and Machine learning technologies to deliver an incredible music experience.

The Google Home Max is made up of two 4.5-inch woofers paired with tweeters. It will be available at retailers on October 19th and sell for $49. It can sit in either vertical or horizontal orientation, and it comes in both "chalk" and 'charcoal'. The Home Max is touted to be 20 times more powerful than the Google Home when it comes to the sound output.

Google also souped up the already highly rated camera on the Pixel, boasting that it will take even better photos than the iPhone.

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The new feature has been created to make a profile out of your voice's pitch and tone and differentiate it from the rest of the household. It's a beefed up version of the standard Google Home with more audio muscle and a rectangular design that works in either portrait or landscape mode.

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

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.

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. You can also stream from a device to the speaker via Bluetooth, or plug in any device with an auxiliary input. Finally, this is is still a full-fledged member of the Google Home product family in the sense that it's compatible with the Google Assistant and hence just as capable of helping you perform everyday tasks, discover information, and manage your IoT devices as its predecessor was.

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