Google Home & Google Home Mini Speakers Launched in India

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Google was second to the party with the Home range of smart speakers while Apple was the most recent to join the league with HomePod.

The smart home speaker space in the Indian market slowly gaining pace.

And on the subject of features, Google will roll out Hindi compatibility sometime later this year.

To counter that, Google, has played smart and has tried to capture the market through a competitive pricing and offers.

"Google Assistant is available in India in Hindi and English". Google might be looking to compete head-on with the e-commerce site. The four LED lights underneath the fabric light up to let you know when it hears you or when it is processing the voice command. "Google Home understands Indian accents, and will respond to you with uniquely Indian contexts". And it is available in Chalk and Charcoal, with Coral coming soon. As for supported audio formats, the Google Home supports HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), and FLAC.

Everything? We sure hope so, but it's not the case.

Google also recognises 18 different moods and 74 different genres, so can return accurate results when you ask it to play music depending on how you're feeling.

The Home speakers will come with AI-powered Google Assistant on board.

The Home weighs 477 gms while the Home mini weighs just 173 gms.

At select Philips Hue and Croma outlets, buyers can have the Philips Hue and Google Home Mini at a special bundled price. All by saying "Ok Google" or "Hey Google" followed by voice commands. It can also be easily accommodated in a small space owing to its compact form factor. So those who think it is merely a speaker are going to be surprised in many ways.

The blending in part is good because the Home is also very portable. The Google Home features a touch surface on top, which can be used to control the media channels.

The Google Assistant, with your permission, will help in your daily routine.

Google Home is not for everyone. For those unaware, JioFi is portable Wi-Fi hotspot that includes a SIM card. It also works with over 1,000 smart home devices from over 150 brands. Next, you need a smartphone to be paired with the Home during its setup and later for things like sending location on Maps for requests like "Navigate to the airport". It's not at all hard, but it's for sure expensive. Meant to just sit there and enhance the artistic value of the room, whilst doubling up as a smart speaker.

The two are actually caught up in a major feud in the USA, with Google banning YouTube from the Echo series and Amazon refusing to sell the Home and Chromecast lineup on its site.

To recall, Amazon launched its Alexa-powered smart speakers past year by integrating Indian services and dialect. They are priced at Rs 9,999, Rs 4,499 and Rs 14,999, respectively. The offer is applicable on Google Home Mini as well.

As of today, users with a Premium+ subscription (costing £9.99) can add Deezer to their list of music services accessible by their Google Home device.

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