Google unveils new phones, speakers to counter Amazon, Apple

I've owned a Google Home since it launched in the United Kingdom, and never felt it was a replacement to my speaker system.

And there's a good reason for that!

Home Max will be compatible with a new software feature called "smart sound", which adapts audio to your home's design, the time of day, and ambient sound in the room. If you're balking at the $400 price, that's probably because this speaker isn't meant for you.

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.

Amazon had also announced something similar for its Echo speaker line last week. It won't even make fun of you for listening to "Drops of Jupiter" by Train or anything.

The Google Home Max is a performance speaker featuring dual 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers and dual custom 0.7-inch tweeters.




Google Home is taking rounds on the internet from past few months.

The Google Home Max is priced at $399 and will be available in two different shades of grey starting December 2017 in the US. Plug Home Max into your record player, Google suggests. You will also be able to record these home live streams using voice commands in your Google Home as well.

The Home Max speaker itself is exceedingly minimal. It will come in coral, chalk, and charcoal colors, so hopefully, two out of those three will fit in with your home's decor (the coral color might be polarizing). For now, the majority of Google's revenue comes from advertising, but that could change as its parent company introduces hardware devices that require services to run. After all, the thing is a not-so-subtle copy of the Play:5 speaker, down to the ability to use it in both vertical and horizontal orientations. And, of course, Sonos is somewhere in the back of the room stomping its feet, since it launched a smart speaker just hours before the Google event.

You'll find it available through other retailers on 19 October.

Google has announced that after Canada and the USA, now the United Kingdom is also going to get free hands free calling.

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