Google has launched today Google Home and Google Home Mini voice activated speakers in India which are powered by Google Assistant. These are customised for India and will answer to all your queries and perform all functions with the connected devices.
Google Home looks like an additional home accessory. The top surface has LEDs that light up when Google Home recognizes “OK Google”, so users know when it is listening.
Google Home has been designed with two microphones that utilize a technique called neural beam forming to enable accurate far-field voice recognition. Google has simulated hundreds of thousands of noisy environments and applied machine learning to recognize patterns that allow it to filter and separate speech from noise. This allows Google Home to deliver best-in-class voice recognition and minimize error rates — even from across the room.
Google Home Mini is sleek and smooth, with no corners or edges. And it’s small enough to easily place anywhere in your home. These speakers are durable and soft, but also transparent enough to let through both light and sound. The four LED lights underneath the fabric light up to show you when it hears you or when it’s thinking. Mini has far-field mics so it can hear you even when there’s music playing or loud noise in the background. Its circular design can project 360-degree sound, with just one speaker.
What Google Home can do:
Getting answers from Google
You can ask questions to get answers. It will translate phrases, run simple maths calculations. You can ask and you shall receive the latest stories from sources such as Times of India, NDTV, Dainik Bhaskar, India Today, Aaj Tak and more. You can get recipes for the dishes, nutritional information and unit conversions without having to wash your atta-covered fingers.
Enjoying your favourite music and videos
You can play songs, playlists, artists, and albums from your favourite music subscription services like Google Play Music ( free subscription for six months) , Saavn and Gaana. You can also pair Google Home or Home Mini with your Bluetooth speaker and set it to be the default output for all your music.
Managing your daily life
It can wake you up in the morning (or let you snooze), set a timer while you’re baking, and more. Up to six people can connect their account to one Google Home, so if you ask your Assistant to tell you about your day, it can distinguish your voice from other people in your family, and give you personalised answers.
Controlling smart devices around your home
You can control your lights, switches and more, using compatible smart devices from brands like Philips Hue and TP-Link. Just ask, and your Assistant will turn off the kitchen light. Chromecast users can also use voice commands to play Netflix, or YouTube on their TV.
Google Home will have Hindi support by the end of this year.
Google Home and Google Home Mini are priced at Rs 9,999, and Rs 4,499 respectively and will be available for purchase online exclusively on Flipkart, and in over 750 retail stores across the country including Reliance Digital, Croma, Bajaj Electronics, Vijay Sales, Sangeetha, and Poorvika. Google Home Mini is available in two colours – Chalk and Charcoal – while Google Home will be available in Chalk. Coral will be coming soon.
Launch offers valid till 30th April:
- When buying Google Home or Google Home Mini on Flipkart, you will get a free JioFi router along with special offers on music subscriptions
- When buying a Google Home at Reliance Digital or MyJio stores you get a free JioFi router with 100GB of high-speed 4G data (worth Rs 2,499), and at select Philips Hue and Croma outlets you get a Philips Hue + Google Home Mini at a special bundled price
- ACT Fibernet retail customers subscribing to 12-month advance rental plans of 90MBPS and above, will receive a Google Home Mini
- Users will also get 10 percent cashback limited to 10% of MRP, when purchasing using HDFC Bank credit cards