The Google Home Mini is real. On Wednesday in San Francisco, Google officially launched the compact version of its smart speaker. The Google Home Mini will offer the same functionality as the original . With a voice command, you’ll be able to talk to the to stream music, control your smart home, check your calendar, and search the internet.
The Mini brings those tricks to a smaller package designed to take on the popular Amazon has continued to , thanks to the smaller and more affordable Dot. The Dot also plugs into your speakers.. The original Google Home emulated the , but
I’m disappointed the Mini doesn’t have any extra physical tricks, but you’ll be able to control any Chromecast speakers with a voice command, as you could with the Home. It’ll be able to take advantage of today’s updates to the Assistant as well. For example, ask Google to find your phone, and it’ll call it. Your phone will ring even if it’s on silent. You’ll also be able to broadcast a message to all other Google Home devices in the house.
The Home will be available in Coral, Chalk, and Charcoal and you can preorder it today for $49. You won’t have to wait long, as it’ll be in stores by October 19.
The actual Mini lines up well with thein the months leading up to today’s launch. a day early. The $50 price matches the Dot, and the Mini will launch in seven countries at once. You can still control it with a touch to the top, and Google’s promising 360-degree sound that’ll surprise you for such a small device.
And the Mini does live up to its name: it’s supposedly smaller than a doughnut and weighs less than a chipmunk. If it actually sounds good, and hears accurately, that’ll be an impressive achievement.
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