Google launches new £49 smart speaker to rival Amazon’s Echo Dot

Google has unveiled a new smart speaker to take on Amazon’s rival product, the Echo Dot.

The Google Home Mini, priced at £49, is a smaller and cheaper version of Google Home and costs the same as Amazon’s hands-free, voice-controlled counterpart.

Like its older sibling, the Mini works using Google Assistant, the company’s artificially intelligent personal assistant that rivals Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Samsung’s Bixby.

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The command “Hey Google, goodnight!” can turn off all the lights, turn down the temperature and remind the user of their first meeting next day.

Another key feature that allows the user to search more than three million recipes and follow step-by-step cooking instructions from the smart speakers is set to be rolled out in the next few days.

The Mini comes with built-in far-field microphones that provide a 360-degree sound effect.

The Google Home Mini is available to pre-order online at the Google Store as well as several retailers including Currys PC World, Maplin, Argos, John Lewis, EE and Carphone Warehouse.

Google also unveiled its new flagship Android phones – the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL – at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.


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