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Google Announces New Google Home Mini, Google Home Max Speakers

Multiple leaks had given it all away already, but on Wednesday, Google made it official: The company’s Google Home smart speaker is getting two new siblings. Google Home Mini is the company’s new entry-level voice assistant device and Google Home Max offers the same functionality with a bigger focus on audio.

The Google Home Mini will be available in three colors — coral, chalk, and charcoal — and will retail for $49. It can be pre-ordered starting Wednesday and arrives in stores on Oct. 19. The device features 4 LEDs for visual feedback, and users can tap the fabric top to pause their music, similar to the way you interact with the original Google Home.

Google Home Max comes with an aux input for connecting stereo equipment, and a smart audio optimization feature meant to reflect the unique qualities of each and every room. Consumers will be able to pair two Google Home Max speakers for a stereo experience, and place it either vertically or horizontally — features that are reminiscent of higher-end Sonos speakers.

The $399 device, which will be available in two colors, hits stores in December. A free, yearlong YouTube Red trial is included with the device.

In conjunction with the new hardware, Google is also introducing a number of new features to the Google Home family of devices. Google Home and Google Home Mini will now be able to find your phone for you. Android phones will automatically sound an alarm, even if they are set to silent, and iPhones will get a call from Google.

Google is also adding to its hands-free calling feature for Google Home. The ability to use Google Home devices as a speakerphone is coming to the U.K. later this week, and users will be able to associate their Google Home with their mobile phone number for caller ID.

Google is also more closely integrating Google Home with Nest’s products. For instance, consumers can connect their Nest doorbell to Google Home to automatically get alerts when someone is at the door. Users can also define custom routines to connect multiple actions, and control their temperature, lights, and other smart home devices with a single voice command.

Consumers will also broadcast messages to all Google Home devices around the house. “Parents are gonna love this feature,” said Google Home lead Rishi Chandra. “Kids are gonna hate this feature.” Speaking of children: Google has also partnered with Disney and other studios and game companies to bring voice-based games and experiences to these devices.

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