Google Home Speakers Launched in India – Echo Has Some Competition!
The smart speaker market in the country is slowly growing at a rapid pace.
The Google smart speakers unveiled at the company’s annual I/O conference back in 2016 have finally made their debut in the country after a long wait. With over 400 million devices sold worldwide, Google speakers now support over 119 languages and Hindi is one of them.
The Google Home Mini will be sold in India for Rs 4,499/- and the bigger Google Home speaker will be sold for Rs 9,999/-. TheGoogle-powered speakers will available online via Flipkart and across stores in Reliance Digital, Croma, Bajaj Electronics, Vijay Sales, Sangeetha and Poorvika.
Google’s Special Integration With India-Focused Features
Both the Google speakers can be activated by saying “Ok Google“, and the speakers will fire up to work. The speakers work with Android TVs and you can control Netflix through Google Home speakers as well.
For India, the newly launched Google Home speakers will ship with six-month ad-free subscriptions from Saavn and Gaana. You can also plan routes, get horoscope, weather and much more. Google has partnered with NDTV, TOI, Aaj Tak and Dainik Bhaskar in India for live news content. You can also connect the Google smart speaker with your Chromecast device.
Google Home Speakers – Features & Specifications
The smart speaker market in the country is slowly growing at a rapid pace. Amazon made its debut last year with Echo, and now search giant Google brings its Home and Home Mini smart speakers to India.
Build & Design
The Google Home Mini sports a donut shape with a premium built on the out. On the other hand, the Google Home is bigger with a sloped top. The Google colours flash on the device when you switch on the device and there’s also an added mute button.
The Google Home speakers can control smart lights, act as a receiver for Chromecast, control Netflix content, YouTube videos and make calls as well.
Google Assistant & AI
The Home speakers will come with AI-powered Google Assistant on board. You can activate your smart speaker by saying “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” and can give any command or query, and Google will answer.
The Mini has a 360-degree sound with an 40mm driver. The bigger Google Home has two side-facing passive speakers which produce a loud and clear sound.
Google Home Mini supports both WiFi and Bluetooth, whereas the bigger Home speaker is only Wi-Fi-enabled. You can also stream music directly from the cloud or your Google Play, Spotify and YouTube.
Google Home Speakers vs. Amazon Echo Speakers
Google Home speakers will go against the likes of Amazon Echo smart speakers, launched last year in October.
|Google Home Speakers||Amazon Echo Speakers|
|Voice Assistant||AI-powered Google Assistant||AI-powered Alexa|
|Support||Products integrated with Google||Products integrated with support for Alexa|
|Connectivity||WiFi and Bluetooth (Bluetooth not available on Google Home)||WiFi and Bluetooth|
|Price||Google Home Mini – Rs 4,499/-
Google Home – Rs 9,999/-
|Amazon Echo Dot – Rs 4,499/-
Amazon Echo – Rs 9,999/-
Google Home Speakers – Launch Offers
Google India has tied up with several companies and shopping platforms to offer you a Google speaker almost for free.
Google Home speakers will be available online via Flipkart. If you buy an Google Home Mini speaker on Flipkart, you will get a JioFi router free along with free music subscription.
Reliance Digital Store Offer
With a Google Home speaker at Reliance Digital Store or any MyJio store, you will get a free JioFi router with free 800GB of 4G data worth Rs 2,499/-.
A Google Home or Home Mini speaker from Philips, bundled with Hue lights will come at a special prices. The lights can be controlled with the Google speaker using voice commands.
You can grab a flat 10 percent cashback if you buy a Home or Home Mini speaker using an HDFC Bank credit card.
ACT Fibernet Offer
Any, ACT Fibernet retail customer subscribing to a 12-month rental plans of 90mbps and above will get a free Google Home Mini.
The Google speakers have been customised to match the needs of the Indian consumers. The speakers understand Hindi and as well as Indian English. They have been specially tuned to work with the Indian context and deliver the best results.