Google Home and Home Mini Voice Activated Speakers launched in India


Google is launching its smart speaker Home in India today. The new smart speakers will be exclusive to Flipkart if you want to buy them online. These will be accessible through the Google Home.

But the Google Home launch event that happened in New Delhi on Tuesday showed no signs of making excuses that will suppress the new product's popularity in India. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac and a DC power jack for Google Home and micro USB port for Home Mini.

These devices join the Made by Google family of hardware products in India and will be available for purchase online exclusively on Flipkart, and in over 750 retail stores across the country including Reliance Digital, Croma, Bajaj Electronics, Vijay Sales, Sangeetha, and Poorvika.

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Also ACT Fibernet retail customers subscribing to 12-month advance rental plans of 90MBPS and above, will receive a Google Home Mini.

Riad Hawa, Deezer's vice president of hardware partnerships, said: "We are excited to expand our availability on Google Home in the United Kingdom, a key market for voice devices". Amazon sells in India Echo and Echo Dot, which will be direct competitors for the Google Home. With a simple "Ok, Google" or "Hey Google", users can get answers, turn up the music, manage everyday tasks or even control smart devices around their home. They will also be able to connect Google Home to smart appliances like smart lights to control the lighting in their house with voice commands. The Home speaker needs to be supported by wall socket.

Google Home Mini is sleek, it's small enough to easily place anywhere in your home. To compare, the Amazon Echo Dot comes at Rs. 4,499, Amazon Echo at Rs. 9,999, and Echo Plus at Rs. 14,999. As for supported audio formats, the Google Home supports HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), and FLAC.

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Play news by voice on your TV: Stay on top of current events with YouTube news playlists from sources like ABC, Fox and NBC. It also comes with six months free access to Google Play music. Google Home Max isn't being launched in India. Even when your hands are full, you can quickly send text messages, set reminders, or get directions with the Google Assistant. It has a fabric base, and four LEDs up top whenever Assistant is activated.

Google Home and Home Mini will be competing against rival Amazon's Echo devices. Its speaker is touted to deliver 360-degree sound and bears a 40mm driver, whilst it mic supports far-field voice recognition.

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