Google Home and Home Mini set to launch in India in April
The Google Home was launched in 2016 for $129 as Google’s first smart speaker. Since then, Google has also launched the affordable Home Mini as well as the high-end Home Max in markets such as the US. However, the company has yet to launch any of its smart speakers in India. A new report by NDTV Gadgets states this will change this month.
NDTV Gadgets states that the Google Home and Home Mini are finally set to arrive in India in April. This is based on communication shared by Redington India with its retail partners. The rumor of the Google Home’s India launch comes five months after Amazon’s launch of the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus in India. This means that Amazon has a head-start in the country, as its speakers have already been available since November.
The Google Home is a smart speaker powered by Assistant. It’s intended as Google’s competitor to the Amazon Echo, and it’s worth noting that Amazon and Google dominate the smart speaker market. Amazon is in the first position with the Alexa-powered Echo range of smart speakers, followed by Google with the Google Assistant-powered Home speakers.
Users can interact with the Google Home by setting up the speaker to recognize their voice. They can choose from two hotword commands: ‘Ok Google’ and ‘Hey Google’. The smart speaker can answer common queries and help manage tasks such as reminders, appointments, etc. The device has interchangeable bases that come in a variety of colors.
The Home Mini, on the other hand, was launched in October 2017 alongside the Home Max. It’s intended as a budget and compact option, as it retails for $49. It’s a competitor to Amazon’s Echo Dot, which retails for Rs. 4499 ($69) in India.
As of now, there is no available information regarding the Indian pricing of the Google Home and Mini. It’s also unknown whether the Wi-Fi-enabled speakers will be available only via offline stores or whether they will be sold online as well. We expect to learn about the speakers’ Indian price tags at the official launch event.
Source: NDTV Gadgets