Google Home, Google Mini Smart Speakers Launched in India

Google Home, Google Mini Smart Speakers Launched in India

Google Home, Google Mini Smart Speakers Launched in India

by April 11, 2018

Google HomeTech Giant Google has launched its smart speaker, Google Home, in India. The speaker makes its debut in India three years after it was first introduced at Google’s I/O developer conference. The speakers are available in three variants namely Max, Home and Mini. The Max, as the name suggests, has a greater focus on sound quality. The Max is however, not part of the India launch.

Google Home Mini

The Google Home devices will be sold online exclusively via Flipkart and in over 750 retail stores across the country including Croma and Reliance Digital. Google has said that if the user buys the smart speaker via Flipkart, they can get a free JioFi router and special offers on streaming music subscriptions. When buying from a Reliance store, the users can get a free router and 100 gigabytes of 4G data worth Rs. 2,499.

Google Home uses the wake word “OK” which is the same as what Google users use on their Android phones. The speaker has embedded a virtual assistant which can understand and respond to voice commands. A user can request for the top chartbusters from Bollywood or any latest hits and Google can pick it from its line-up of linked music services such as Saavn and Ghana. A user could also use it as an assistant while preparing a delicious meal by taking it to the kitchen.

The speaker can be assisted by the Google Assistant on your Android phone. For Apple loyalists too, the Google Assistant app can be downloaded and the iphone. The user can ask for direction to the destination, time taken to reach, alternate routes, traffic conditions and much more to make navigation a seamless conversational experience. Users can ask Google about the weather, latest news, or even a video that they want to play and the speaker will do it.

As Google Home is connected to the Google ID of the user, it will enable them to access their schedule and make appointments. However, it will not read out emails, SMS messages or assist in making calls. One Google Home can be used by six people and each will be distinguished as per their voice.

The Google Home and Mini can seamlessly couple with Google Chromecast and can play the latest season of your favourite shows on Netflix as well as the Youtube video playing on your television. The speakers can also be used to control Philips Hue lights, anywhere in the house.

Rishi Chandra, VP of Product Management and General Manager of Home Products, Google, while sharing his views at the launch event said “We are delighted to bring our best-in-class Home products to India. These products have been customised to match the needs of the Indian consumer and you will see that Google Home is truly desi. It understands Indian accents and will respond to you with uniquely Indian contexts. Another unmatched feature of our product is that the Google Assistant can work across all your devices – giving you a personalised Assistant experience in its truest sense.”

The smart speakers by Google will have to take Amazon’s Alexa head-on. The search engine works to Google advantage as also does its knowledge repository about locations, hyperlocal merchants and businesses, freelancers etc. Amazon Alexa has capabilities to understand the Indian customer and to enable seamless shopping or ordering of a cab through voice commands. It can read out a book and instantly play your favourite songs on request. It will be interesting to see how this battle between these two smart speakers pans out in India.