Home Max hands-on: Google takes on Apple's HomePod and Sonos

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The search within the platforms supported by Google Assistant now runs on a voice-matching technology that enables its products like Home, and now Home Mini, to recognize each person's voice in the home and their preferences.

The device costs $49, and is available on October 19 - you can pre-order it starting today.

Better still, the hands-free calling feature that was only available in the United States and Canada is now coming to the UK, too. While the Max is designed for music, the Mini is more about offering access to Google Assistant in your home.

How much will the Google Home Mini cost in the UK? Introduced by Google Glass desinger Isabelle Olson, the Home Mini is created to integrate itself into your home decor and seamlessly operate without drawing attention to itself.

While the Home Mini is not meant to play back music like its larger sibling, it can be paired with any Chromecast speaker to provide the tunes you need.

Google also took the stage to announce Broadcasts, a small addition that should come pretty handy in times - and pretty annoying at other times. One thing's for sure: we'll find out very soon. Google Max has Google Assistant built in it.

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But what do you actually do with it? Powered by Google's machine-learning capabilities and available in December, Google has launched a speaker called Max that supports YouTube Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and more.

You can then ask it all many of questions, commands and more, from controlling various smart home devices such as lighting, Chromecast and thermostats to playing games, getting the news and weather and finding out the answers to question.

You can use it as an intercom of sorts using the new broadcast feature; by placing the Home Mini in various places throughout your house, you can use it to broadcast a message to all Home devices in your house. In this case, telling your Home "where's my phone" will ping the nearest Android device paired with your Google account.

The Home Mini is the ideal rival to the Echo Dot, and if you're firmly in the Google rather than Amazon camp, it's a great device to kick off your smart home, or build on what you have already. We will keep you informed on when these features and updates will roll out!

Google introduced Google Mini, the newest member of Google family.

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