Alongside the $49 Google Home Mini, Google unveiled the Google Home Max, a supersized version of the Google Home with two 4.5-inch woofers and 0.7-inch tweeters for room-filling sound. The new drop focuses on using earphones for more than just listening to music as it incorporates users by helping with their day-to-day tasks, such as map navigation and even translating other languages by calling to Google Translate. Google's somewhat unexpected Home Max is built with high quality music playback in mind, first and foremost. Google Max sound is 20 time powerful than Google Home. It also has far-field microphones so that it can pick up your voice from across the room.
The two speaker sets in the Max are able to split the left and right channels so that one speaker delivers stereo sound.
As you could probably tell by the name, the Maxi the largest option in the lineup and looks to be a direct competitor to Apple's upcoming HomePod. Like the HomePod, the Google Home Max can also automatically tune itself for its position in a room. Google says the speaker will, by default, play a little quieter first thing in the morning (but of course you can override this if you need waking up a little more urgently). You can choose to place it horizontally on its side, or vertically, on its magnetic base.
The device also needs a power adapter and isn't meant to be portable, just like the Echo Dot. The speaker also can identify your specific voice and can pull up your favorite playlists or stations. It includes the same features featured in a cylindrical speaker that Google rolled out a year ago in response to Amazon's Echo. Buyers will also a free subscription to the company's YouTube Red service for a year.
Popular music producer Diplo shows off his experience with the Google Home Max.
The Google Home Max is a product that launched without many rumors and speculation as Alphabet's subsidiary managed to keep it a secret nearly until its very unveiling and only had the device leaked last week. Conveniently, that's the exact same price as Amazon's Echo Dot, reinforcing the Home Mini's positioning as a direct rival to the Dot.
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