Google has launched Google Home and Google Home Mini smart speakers in India. The Google Home smart speaker was launched almost 2 years ago, back in October 2016 and the Google Home Mini was introduced in October last year. Competing against the Echo range of smart speakers from Amazon, the Google Home and Google Home Mini are priced at INR 9,999, and INR 4,499, respectively. With the launch of Google Home, Google claims to have made the Google Assistant more accessible at home and with the launch of smart speakers in India, Google is promoting the campaign with the #MakeGoogleDoIt.
Powered by Google Assistant, both the smart speakers wake up to hotword ‘Ok Google’ or ‘Hey Google’ and both of them can be setup using Google Home app. The Google Home features a touch surface on top, which can be used to control playback, volume, and also activate the Google Assistant. It comes with a speaker featuring a 2-inch driver and dual 2-inch passive radiators on the sides. The Google Home connects using a dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and can only be used as a Wi-Fi connected speaker with no Bluetooth capabilities. While the Google Home Mini is only available with a fabric-based design and non-skid silicone base. The mini is touted to deliver 360-degree sound and bears a 40mm driver, whilst it mic supports far-field voice recognition.
The Google Home takes on the Amazon Echo priced at INR 9,999 and will be available in White color variant only. On the other hand, Google Home Mini gives competition to the Amazon Echo Dot priced at INR 4,499 and will be available in Chalk and Charcoal colors. The Google Home and Google Home Mini 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 Launch offers:
- On purchasing Google Home or Google Home Mini from Flipkart you get a free JioFi router free.
- Six months free Google Play Music subscription (till October 31, 2018)
- 18-month subscription to Gaana Plus and Saavn Pro (Only for purchases before 30th April on Flipkart) for Re. 1.
- When buying a Google Home at Reliance Digital or MyJio stores you get a free JioFi router with 100GB (10GB data add-on x 10 vouchers) of high-speed 4G data (worth Rs 2,499) till 30th April 2018
- At select Philips Hue and Croma outlets, you get a Philips Hue + Google Home Mini at a special bundled price.
- ACT Fibernet customers subscribing to 12-month advance rental plans of 90MBPS and above, will receive a Google Home Mini.
- Get 10 percent cash back when purchasing using HDFC Bank credit cards