Google announced Google Home Max at their event today as a new member of the Google Home family. Just like the Pixel reimagined the camera, Google has reimagined the speaker. The speaker has Google Assistant with Voice Match built in, making it “your own personal DJ.”
Smart Sound partners with Google AI to change the sound balance of the speaker in order to automatically correct with the atmosphere. Through artificial intelligence and context clues, the speaker knows if it’s in the corner of the room or in the middle of the room in order to adjust itself for the best acoustics.
Google partnered with YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music and other apps to allow the user to play any of their playlists at any time.
The bottom part of the Google Home Max is rubber with a magnetic base that you can remove and place at different places on the product. This is nice because it means the speaker can be placed vertically or horizontally. The speaker is meant to be spoken to, but there are also touch controls for volume.
The Google Home Max will launch in the U.S. in December. The speaker will be released in more countries next year. It includes a free 12-month subscription to YouTube Red. The smart speaker will sell for $399. The speaker comes in two colors: black or white.
All Google Home products now use Voice Match, which uses different voice factors to bring personal help to each individual member of the house. With over 50 million voice samples in hundreds of different environments, Google is confident that they have the best voice assistant in the world.
With Google Assistant, you can use simple commands. For example, if your home is equipped, you can say something like “Hey Google, play my favorite playlist” and the Google Assistant will play that playlist.
“You don’t have to talk like a computer,” Rishi Chandra, Google Director of Product management said.