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Google announces Google Home Max, its HomePod competitor

by Danny Zepeda | October 4, 2017October 4, 2017 9:44 am PST

Google announced its brand new home speaker called the Google Home Max at an event the company hosted on Wednesday. It falls under the same category as Apple’s HomePod as a premium speaker.

Google Home Max looks is a long rectangular speaker with a similar finish to other Google products with the mesh fabric covering the entire front. Judging from the images, it has quite a footprint.

On the front of the speaker will be the familiar four LED dots that lets you know it is on. To control volume or adjust other settings, you will be able to do so by tapping on the top—similarly to what to how it was done on the Google Home.

Inside of it will be two custom 4.5-inch woofers with tweeters, two 0.7-inch custom tweeters, acoustic base with a rigid polycarbonate housing. On the bottom will be a base clip that magnetically clips on. You can also place it vertically by moving the magnetic clip.

You will be able to access Google Assistant through Google Home Max through far field voice recognition mics. Ask it play my most recent podcast or favorite playlist or call mom, and it will do so.

During the event, Google also announced what it is calling Smart Sound. This pretty much means Google Home Max can tune and optimize itself depending on the room it is in. Google Home Max will also work with other Google Home products to provide multi-room playback.

Home Max also supports Bluetooth and Chromecast and has a headphone jack.

Google Home Max will go on sale starting in December for $399 with a 12-month subscription to YouTube Music and will be available in two colors, chalk and charcoal.

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...