It’s packed with Google’s own Assistant, is covered in a soft-touch mesh material and boasts touch, as well as voice controls. It’s extremely loud, well balanced and crystal clear, with well-defined bass that isn’t overwhelming. While you have to make do with a mono speaker on the Echo Dot, on the Google Home Mini you have a 40mm driver that delivers 360 surround sound.
The Home Max speaker itself is exceedingly minimal. You get USB Type C connectivity along with a 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth connectivity if you are interested in plugging in to a more powerful speaker. Like the rest of Google’s home products, it should blend into most environments – though a speaker this large isn’t going to be almost as invisible as the standard Home or Amazon’s new Echo. It’s not a subtle setup, but it sounds simply wonderful.
And that’s the main difference between the two – if you’re a big user of Google’s services, the Home Mini will happily fetch your calendar info or tell you the best deals on Google Flights. I should note, however, streaming is not working for me with Android TV devices. Essentially, you can say, “Hey Google, play that song that has that has this lyric”.
Tap either edge of the Home Mini to adjust volume, while tapping the center of the device will play/pause music playback. 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.
Next item on the launch list is the Google Home Max. For now, the majority of Google’s revenue comes from advertising, but that could change as its parent company introduces hardware devices that require services to run.
The products are being sold and marketed under the tag Made By Google.