Google is reportedly planning to bring its smart home speakers Google Home and Google Home Mini to the Indian market. The purported launch will add to the limited range of smart speakers available in the country, following Amazon’s line of Echo devices a few months ago. Also Read - Jio-Google partnership: JioPhone Next to new 5G collaboration, here are 5 key takeawaysAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealed
Based on communication shared by Redington India with its retail partners, it is reported that Google will debut the smart speaker range in April 2018, Gadgets 360 reports. The Google Home is priced at $129, which translates to Rs 8,400. The Google Home Mini, on the other hand, is priced at $49 which is approximately Rs 3,200. Also Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
It is unclear if the speakers will carry the translated prices or Google will offer some launch discount for early customers. It also remains to be seen if the availability of the speakers will be through offline partners or only online.
Following the line of Amazon, manufacturers including Google and Apple introduced their smart speakers which are powered by their own voice-based assistants. The Google Home and Home Mini lineup is also powered by Google Assistant and is capable of handling tasks such as setting up reminders, controlling music, smart appliances, and more.
If the reports are to be believed, the Google Home will make its debut in the country almost two years after its international debut. It is worth mentioning that the concept of smart, connected homes is still at a very nascent stage in a country like India. However, given that the speakers are capable of handling other tasks than just control appliances or lights, the use cases are still relevant for the Indian market.
Google Home Mini is a smaller version of the main speaker and resembles the Amazon Echo Dot. It works like an add-on for multiple users of the Google Home in a single house. Consider it as a router kept in more rooms for everyone to speak to the speaker to get a task done.