Google has launched its smart speakersGoogle Home and Google Home Mini in India, to take on Amazon's Echo range of smart speakers that debuted in India a year ago. Both the items are exclusive to Flipkart, and they will be accessible crosswise over 750 offline stores in the nation.
If the Google Home seems expensive, there's Home Mini for Rs 4,499, which makes a sound choice for those who aren't too sure of investing heavily in smart speakers. Likewise, the Google Home Mini takes on the Amazon Echo Dot and features at 4,499 price - the same as the Echo Dot.
Alongside cooking timers, music continues to be one of the single biggest uses for smart speakers, and when it comes to voice control Deezer has a pretty neat trick up its sleeve.
Home and Home Mini might not support all of the tricks they do in the States at launch in India, like calling, for example, but they do offer features such as travel updates and smart home control.
Google has also announced few launch offers to promote the products in India.
"We have ben working with many local partners to customise Google Home for India". As Indians are still new to the idea of smart homes and smart gadgets, there's a lot of awareness Google needs to create before seeing profitable results for its Google Home speakers. Google Home Mini comes in two colour options of chalk and coral.
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In India, Amazon's Alexa has a considerable head-start, specially with the intense advertising campaigns launched recently on television channels.
Google Home and Home Mini are powered by the company's AI-based Assistant.
Turn the TV on and off: With Google Home, Chromecast, and a compatible TV you can just say "Hey Google, turn off the TV".
With Google Home and Home Mini, you can get answers to questions and also find information that helps you get things done.
The Google Home devices connect to over 1,000 smart home devices. Finally, coming to Delhi, the Platinum Promo Plan of Rs 999 per month will come with a free Google Home Mini speaker.
HDFC Credit card holders will get a 10% cashback on the products. Amazon also has a third offering in the Indian market - Amazon Echo Plus. Its mic - which offers far-field voice recognition and identifies different voices with Voice Match technology - is also located on the top panel, while its mic mute button and power status light are located at the back.