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The Google Home Mini and Max are here to take on the Amazon Echo

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Google Home is growing up… and shrinking down.

Google surprised us all by launching not one, but two new Google Homes to round out its lineup of voice-enabled speakers: the Google Home Mini, a $49 hockey puck-sized speaker, and Google Home Max, a bassy $399 “premium” speaker.

The smaller cloth-covered Google Home Mini comes in a similar color scheme as the Google Home and Home Max: chalk, charcoal, and coral. Underneath the cloth cover is a five-watt speaker and four LED lights. 

While the disk shape and limited color options won’t fit with everyone’s decor, I have to say I agree with Google’s assessment that it’s preferable over Amazon’s black plastic in the Echo and Echo Dot. Read more…

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