Google has launched it speakers, namely Google Home, Home Mini smart on Tuesday at an event in New Delhi. The larger of the two Google Assistant-powered smart speakers was unveiled at Google’s first hardware event in October 2016, while the smaller of the two was unveiled at the Mountain View company’s second hardware event in October 2017. The Google Home and Google Home Mini will be available to buy online on Flipkart, and will also be made available via offline stores. In India, speakers will support Google Play Music, Gaana, Netflix, Youtube and Hindi support will be added to Google Home speakers later this year. There are no immediate proposals to bring the larger Google Home Max speaker to India at the moment.
Google Home, Home Mini price in India, availability, launch offers
The Google Home price in India has been set at Rs. 9,999, a price that sees it compete directly with the Amazon Echo smart speaker – powered by the Alexa voice-based virtual assistant in the country. Google Home will come with a Chalk fabric base, and Coral will come soon. The Amazon Echo is priced at Rs. 9,999 as well. Likewise, the Google Home Mini takes on the Amazon Echo Dot and features at 4,499 price – the same as the Echo Dot. Google Home Mini is available in Chalk and Charcoal fabric colours.
Flipkart will initially be the exclusive online sales partner, and the speakers will also be made available through various offline channels, including Croma, Bajaj Electronics, Reliance Digital, Vijay Sales, Sangeetha, and Poorvika. Sales on Flipkart and the offline stores will begin from 11 March 2018.
Customers who would buy the Google Home or Google Home Mini from Flipkart will get a free JioFi router, and when buying a Google Home from MyJio store or Reliance Digital, a JioFi router will be included with 100GB of 4G data worth Rs. 2,499. This offer will last until April 30. At select Philips Hue and Croma outlets, buyers will get the Philips Hue and Google Home Mini at a special bundled price. Also, ACT Fibernet retail customers subscribing to 12-month advance rental plans of 90Mbps and above will receive a Google Home Mini. Those who purchase with HDFC Bank credit cards will get 10 percent cash back. These offers will be applicable until April 30.
- Extremely affordable
- Does everything the more prominent Google Home can do
- Manages many popular smart-home devices
- Speaker sounds pretty decent for its tiny size
- Microphones aren’t perfect for voice calling
- As Amazon’s Alexa, it doesn’t have as much third-party support
- Somehow still doesn’t support professional Google accounts