Google home speaker is a brand of smart operating speakers developed and manufactured by Google. It includes Google mini and Google max speakers.
The home max is a type with two tweeters and one sub woofer. It is not quite a 360-degree audio, but it is loud and has a relatively large amount of bass for an external speaker. Home Max also includes “Smart Sound”, an adaptive audio system that uses machine learning to automatically adjust sound output based on factors such as the environment (including placement and sources of noise) and time of day. It is considered as to be a more direct competitor to other speaker product.
These set of speakers was first released in the United States in November 2016. Furthermore, they have reasonable progress in the development of the speakers and it has caused them to release newer versions of higher quality even till 2017.
The speaker has diverse functions ranging from radio use, audio play out, controlling playback of videos and slideshows even to voice communications. It enables users to speak voice commands to the speakers and have a quick response using the Google intelligent assistant.
In April 2017, there was a great development in the smart speakers where it can differentiate between at least six different voices. Later in May of the same year, google introduced free hands-free phone calling in United states and Canada, proactive updates ahead of different scheduled events, Bluetooth audio streaming as well as ability to remind one of a particular activity at certain times. Google Home includes home automation features, enabling owners to use it as a central hub to control smart devices. Examples of supported devices include the Chromemast digital media player, and products from Nest, , LIFX, Philips Hue, Lightwave RF, and many others. Google home app on android or iOS devices could be used to setup the speakers.
The speakers have an operating system that is Linux-based. Its connectivity is based on Wi-Fi dual band (2.4/5 GHz). The Google Home model is a cylindrical speaker that is about 5 inches in height, and 3.79 inches in diameter. The top surface has colored status LEDs, and touch controls to start and stop music, and adjust volumes. Mute button is located on the back of the device, which disables the microphones. It is light weight and weighs about 477g. Its power adapter is 130g and it is 100-240V-1.1A 50-60Hz.
The base is protected by speaker grille, which is designed to be removed and replaced with one that suits the design of a room As of November 2016, Google offers fabric shells in “Mango”, “Marine”, and “Violet” color finishes, and metallic shells in “Carbon”, “Copper”, and “Snow” finishes.
The price of the Google home is quite affordable as it costs $166. But it differs in some other shopping platforms.
The famous google home speaker has been many times compared with the Amazon Echo and its own assistant. But, from the obvious characteristics of the both, google home is widely preferred. Artificial intelligent voice assistant is the new battlefield between the two multinational tech companies (Google and Amazon). With the fact that Google is not new to voice recognition in software and devices, it has beaten Amazon Dot in different levels in the United States and United Kingdom.