Hands-on: Google Home Mini and Max sound like good ideas
By Napier Lopez
Napier Lopez is interested in technology, science and photography and is a writer based in New York City.
On the same day that Sonos announces a speaker with Alexa and (in 2018) Google Assistant support, Google announces a speaker that behaves a lot like a Sonos. Go figure.
I had the chance to try out Google’s new Home Mini (a tiny Echo Dot competitor) and Max (the Sonos-like hi-fi speaker) during today’s Pixel 2 event. They’re the clearest signs Google is serious about getting the Assistant in your home, whatever way it can.
Let’s start with the Mini. It costs just $49, is unobtrusively small, and comes in charcoal, grey, and coral fabric-lined colors. It’s meant to be a gateway drug for Google’s vision of the smart home, and the company might just be on to something.
For 50 bucks, you have access to the Google Assistant and everything it can do. Some new tricks up its sleeve include using Home speakers as intercoms with a new broadcast mode, or tying it to your phone number so you can easily make hands-free calls.
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