New Google Home Mini and Max deepen battle with Amazon at both ends of smart speaker market while Apple’s HomePod faces increasingly competitive environment
Two new smart speakers were announced at Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone launch event, closing the gap with Amazon in terms of market-penetrating low-end affordability of its smart speakers.
The first speaker, the $49 Google Home Mini, features a small, rounded, design-neutral form factor, and three color choices.
The device incorporates far-field voice recognition, and inherits the same slate of Google Assistant, Chromecast Built-in, and calling capabilities as its larger Google Home stablemate. [Read more…] about Google’s new products intensify competition in home automation market, says IHS Markit