Google just revealed a $49 answer to Amazon's Echo Dot

The new smartphones will go up against the likes of the recently launched Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in addition to other Android flagships such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and the One Plus 5

Yes, that's not why you'd buy one, maybe, but you'd also be getting a connected smart speaker that can play Spotify, Google Music and plenty more services - not to mention all the connected tricks it can do with Smart TVs and your smart home.

The Home Max by Google is definitely made to compete with the likes of Apple's HomePod, hence it will have a bunch of similar features as well, just like this one.

Google's voice-activated digital assistant will serve as the brains for all the speakers. This sits £80/$80 lower than the regular Google Home and is competitively priced, as the latest Amazon Echo Dot costs £50/$50, too.

The Google Home Mini unveiled Wednesday is a button-sized speaker covered in fabric. To help it fit into all the different types of home decor, the Home Mini will be available in three different fabric colors: chalk, coral, and charcoal. You'll be able to seamlessly integrate it with other Google Homes or other Chromecast-enabled devices, and the speaker can be oriented horizontally or vertically.

Google also introduced a speaker with the list of products announced. Google says the speaker will, by default, play a little quieter first thing in the morning (but of course you can override this if you need waking up a little more urgently).

It's Google's turn to announce some new hardware. It also supports touch gestures to control the audio. It is a beast of a device for music lovers! Also beneath the simple and consistent surface of the Google Home Max are two custom tweeters which are supposed to provide you with maximally clear and sharp high notes, with the package itself being extremely loud if necessary. Google Clips Google Clips is a lightweight, hands-free camera.

What comes as a surprise is the Google Home Max, which is essentially a competitor to the Apple HomePod, owing to the sheer size and capabilities. In practice, this means that you can literally pick up your Google Home Max and place it somewhere else in the room and it will dynamically recalibrate itself in order to account for its new location and figure out how to maximize its acoustic potential. You'll have to wait for our full review for the final verdict on that though.

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