Google brings 'Home' to India

Google launches Google Home, Google Home Mini smart speakers in India; prices, availability

After making a lasting impression with its Home smart speakers at a global level, Google has finally made a decision to bring Home and Home Mini speakers to India. TheGoogle-powered speakers will available online via Flipkart and across stores in Reliance Digital, Croma, Bajaj Electronics, Vijay Sales, Sangeetha and Poorvika. For the music enthusiasts, the new range of Google products is now all set to rock your home and even turn it into a smart home.

With Google Home or Home Mini, users can control smart devices around the house.

Coincidentally, Amazon is selling the Echo and Echo Dot at the exact same rates in India. Both are powered by the Google Assistant, but only speak in English at the moment.

Google Home is like any smart speaker. Smart speakers, however, are a challenge to bring to other languages.

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Following the announcement that it is now available to use with Amazon Alexa, music streaming service Deezer is now compatible with Google Home, too. Google also has the more expensive Home Max speaker, which focuses on the better sound quality but that is not going to be launched in India for now. It is essentially a smaller, similarly powerful version of the Google Home. These are available in white and grey but the changeable base covers are not now being launched in India. You can also enjoy it virtually if you have a Google Cardboard or Daydream View with the VR180 livestream and feel like you're actually there. All that you need to do is activate this smart speaker by saying "Ok Google" and ask it to check things like IPL cricket match score, temperature outside, or to simply play music.

The company also introduced special plans for all its existing and new customers and those who subscribe would get a complimentary Google "Home Mini" device. And it is available in Chalk and Charcoal, with Coral coming soon.

Google Home Mini supports both WiFi and Bluetooth, whereas the bigger Home speaker is only Wi-Fi-enabled. The problem here is that, the Google Home can not play two different sounds from two different devices. However, Google Home won't leave you disappointed in the way smart speakers work.

Of course, you can also select music in more traditional ways by requesting songs by a particular artist or genre, or have Deezer play a select album. The four LED lights underneath the fabric that light up to show the user when it hears them or when it's thinking. You can command Assistant to perform different functions like playing music from different apps such as YouTube, Spotify, Play Music, among others.

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