Google, besides launching its Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL smartphones, launched two new speakers with Google Assistant. Any customer who buys a Google Home or Google Home Mini from Walmart will receive up to $25 off (Between Oct. 4, 2017 and January 15, 2018) a Walmart order when they link their Walmart account to Google Express.
The Google Home Max will be made available in the USA this coming December for a price tag of $399.
The top of the Home Mini enclosure is made out of a custom linen-like fabric, and has four LED lights underneath that indicate the Mini is listening. Though it won't produce the strong sound of its larger brethren, it's the flawless size to sit anywhere you need a speaker or want easy access to Google Assistant.
It is now available for pre-orders starting today with shipping to commence on October 19th.
Google has also unveiled a bigger Home Max smart speaker. Naturally, it comes with Google Assistant, which can play music based on user's request. You can simply tap the surface for interaction.
I haven't had a chance to test out the 360-degree speakers and really see how this thing compares in functionality to the Home yet, but be sure to stay tuned for a fuller review in the next day or so.
The Home Max has Cast built-in, along with Bluetooth and a standard 3.5mm jack.
As we reported earlier, a more prominent variant of the Google Home was in works. Google Assistant can voice control over 1000+ products. A "Smart Sound" system lets the Max detect its location in the room and automatically adjust its audio accordingly so you get ideal sound no matter where it's placed, though the Apple HomePod will have the same feature when it's released. It's also a subtle way for Google to encourage customers to buy more than one Google Home device for their households. Google is also partnering with Disney to bring exclusive content that will only be available through Google Home devices. At the launch, Google will also be offering a 12-month subscription to the YouTube Red and YouTube Music.
The Home Max will roll out to other territories including the United Kingdom next year. Users in the United Kingdom too, would soon be able to make calls starting later this year.