You'll soon be able to link your phone number to Google Home

Leigh Mccormick
October 5, 2017

Google Home Mini has just been announced at the Made by Google event on 4 October 2017. The firm's Wednesday hardware event hence managed to surprise many industry watchers, with the tech giant launching a gadget that's meant to be its most premium Google Assistant-enabled offering to date. It can sit in either vertical or horizontal orientation, and it comes in both "chalk" and 'charcoal'.

It is created to be used on its side, but thanks to some helpful magnets it can be stood up too.

New Google Home Max super speaker. Underneath a fabric speaker grille, Google has also packed in 0.7-inch tweeters, an acoustic brace and a range of far-field microphones.

When is the Google Home Max release date?

If you're not a Nest owner, Google says the feature should work with over 1,000 smart home products from over 100 brands.

The Google Home Max was something which was talked about for a while but there were no leaks pointing at an immediate launch. It supports aux input as well as Bluetooth playback.

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You can use it as an intercom of sorts using the new broadcast feature; by placing the Home Mini in various places throughout your house, you can use it to broadcast a message to all Home devices in your house.

Google has unveiled two new variants of the Google Home smart speakers. Chief among those is Google's claim that the "Smart Sound" tech will automatically optimize audio for where you place the speaker (something that Apple says the HomePod will do, as well).

The Home Max also adjusts its volume based on the time of day and what's going on in its surroundings.

With the $49 price tag, the goal is to have you put one of these in each room at a much lower cost than the bigger $129 version. It will go on sale for $399 in December.

Google first introduced its Home speaker at last year's Google I/O conference.

It's not known where will all these features actually roll out to Google Home device owners, but judging by the phone call integration rollout, it could take several months before we actually see all of this in our Home devices. Can it win the battle against Apple HomePod?

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