Google shows off different Home Smart Speakers to fight rival versions from Amazon and Apple

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 October, 2017, 1:26am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 October, 2017, 1:26am

Google is introducing different sizes of its internet-connected speaker to compete against similar devices from Amazon and Apple.

The Google Home Mini unveiled on Wednesday is a button-sized speaker covered in fabric. It includes the same features featured in a cylindrical speaker that Google rolled out last year in response to Amazon’s Echo.

The Mini will cost almost US$50, roughly the small price as Amazon’s smaller speaker, the Echo Dot. The standard Google Home speaker costs almost US$130.

The Google Home Max is a rectangular speaker with superior acoustics for playing music, mimicking Apple’s HomePod.

Google is selling the Home Max for almost US$400, US$50 more than the HomePod. Both speakers are due in December.

Google’s voice-activated digital assistant will serve as the brains for all the speakers.