Google Home, Home Mini Smart Speakers Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Google Home, Home Mini Smart Speakers Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Google has launched the "Google Home" at a price of Rs 9,999 and the "Google Home Mini" for a price of Rs 4,499 in India. The top surface of the device contains LEDs that provide visual feedback when Google Home recognises the "Hey Google" command.

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.

These smart speakers also feature "Voice Match" which recognises your voice and accordingly gives you personalised information.

The main appeal, and allure, of the Google Home speaker is not its audio quality. It will be available online exclusively on Flipkart, and in over 750 retail stores including Reliance Digital, Croma and Vijay Sales, among others. The base comes with a fabric cover, which can come in different colours, and you can customise it according to your preference.

For connectivity, the Google Home offers just dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and can only be used as a Wi-Fi connected speaker with no Bluetooth capabilities. You'll be able to pick up the Google Home for ₹9,999, and the Home Mini for ₹4,499.

Google launches Google Home, Google Home Mini smart speakers in India; prices, availability

Google smart home speakers will rival Amazon's cloud-based voice service "Alexa" in India.

Google Home comes with a whole host of features - you'll be able to set reminders, hear the latest news, control your smart home gear, get weather and travel updates, listen to tunes on Gaana, Saavn, Play Music, and so much more. You can use it by connecting the AC power adapter to a wall socket. The brand has also announced that they will be adding Hindi support later this year. Likewise, the Google Home Mini takes on the Amazon Echo Dot, and features a Rs. 4,499 price - the same as the Echo Dot. It measures 142.8mm in height and has a diameter of 96.4mm.

Buyers get six months of Google Play Music subscription for free (till October 31, 2018).

With the launch of Google Home Mini a year ago, Google claims to have made Google Assistant more accessible at home. Google Home Mini is a button-sized speaker covered in fabric, while Home is a cylindrical speaker. The company claims that the Google Assistant is same across all your devices so that it works seamlessly.

Both these speakers come with LED lights up top that light up when the Assistant is listening to you or is replying back. Even the Mini packs-in far-field microphones to hear a command even while playing music.

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