Finally, Google Home Max went on sale this week. The bigger version of Google’s original smart speaker is available to buy from the company’s online shop as well as retail stores #objectmagic
More than one year after the original Google Home went on sale, the Max version hit the market. Compared to its predecessor, this home speaker costs double with a price tag of $399. The company hopes to justify the price by offering a louder audio experience and exploiting what it calls “smart sound capabilities”. In translation, machine learning features.
Thanks to its algorithm, Home Max can automatically measure the acoustic qualities of the room its placed in and adjust the audio output consequently. Google has already trained the home speaker on thousands of rooms and homes but, of course, the more it will be exposed to various environments by willing, excited customers, the better it will become at adjusting the sounds emitted.
This month, Apple should have launched HomePod, as well, a direct competitor to Home Max. Alas, they failed to deliver and have pushed the launch date to early 2018. Meanwhile, Home Max is set to go on sale at Best Buy and Verizon stores, Home Mini is Google’s offer for those on a budget and a third speaker is in the making, this time with a touch display to go.