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Google Home Max smart speaker is likely in the pipeline

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Terence Owen | 29 September, 2017, 03:45

Unlike the Amazon Echo Dot that reduces the size of the Amazon Echo, the new speaker of Google is called Google Home Max and would be larger than the pregnant Google Home classic. And Amazon cut the price of the device, which responds to voice commands via the company's Alexa digital assistant, to $100 from $180. Now, it looks like Google is also reportedly prepping the second-generation smart speaker. Analyst Ben Wood at CCS Insight said on Twitter that there was "no question that Amazon is making clear effort to consolidate its lead with Alexa as rivals attack market". The unnamed sources have also revealed that Google Home "Max" is a more like a project name so it should not be taken as the final product name.

The big difference between this Google Home Max and the Google Home classic is at the level of the sound: the Google Home Max would have speakers capable of producing stereo sound.

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Google is said to be developing a "premium" Google Home smart speaker. Maybe the Google Home Max might be launched at a later time. No information was given on exactly what type of materials will be used for the Max model, but it certainly means that it will arrive with a premium price tag. What 9To5Google seems certain of is that the device does exist since a product matching its description already appeared in a focus group held by Google earlier this year. Notably, the renders of the Google Home Mini hit the web earlier this month tipping that its launch isn't too far away. So, there is a tough challenge for the upcoming smart speaker from Google.

Looking at it strategically, it will be a smart move for Google to launch the new Google Home at the October 4th event as Apple is expected to launch HomePod in December. The Google Home is priced at $129, Apple HomePod is priced at $349 and Amazon Echo is priced at $99. This seems to make some strategic sense since the Apple HomePod will be released this coming December.

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