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Google Home and Home Mini is available in India via Flipkart

Google Home and Home Mini is available in India via Flipkart

At the launch event, Google revealed that Hindi support is coming soon which should make the smart speakers more competitive in the Indian market.

Google Assistant will work seamlessly for across all devices. Google Home will be available in Chalk.

Google Home will be competing with Amazon Echo.

The company has also announced a host of launch offers for buying Google Home and Google Home Mini. It comes with a single 40mm driver with 360 sound. For the time being, both are exclusive to Flipkart.

As per a release from Google, if you choose to buy a Google Home at Reliance Digital or MyJio store you also get 100 GB 4G data free with the JioFi router free.

Extra 1.5 years / 18-month subscription to Gaana Plus and Saavn Pro (Only for purchases before 30th April on Flipkart) for Re. 1. At select Philips Hue and Croma outlets, buyers will get the Philips Hue and Google Home Mini at a special bundled price.

HDFC Credit card holders will get a 10% cashback on the products. The service will also vary what music it plays depending on the time of day, so you shouldn't find it playing your seductive evening playlist first thing in the morning.

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As per Rishi Chandra, Vice President of Product Management, Google Home, the device understands Indian accents, and will respond to with uniquely Indian contexts. These are available in white and grey but the changeable base covers are not now being launched in India.

If you're wondering what good is a touchpad on a speaker, Google Home lets you access important functions like controlling volume and activating Assistant from the top. This allows the device to deliver best-in-class voice recognition and minimize error rates - even from across the room.

I'm particularly interested in the fact that the speaker is now officially available in India, as it paves the way for integrations with a flurry of local services. It supports both iOS and Android platforms. Firstly, a good Wi-Fi connection. You can use it by connecting the AC power adapter to a wall socket. Not bad, eh? And that is not the only level of customization you get - you can also set up to six different user voices on it, using the Voice Match feature. It measures 142.8mm in height and has a diameter of 96.4mm. This is a weight of 477 grams, and its power cable measures 1.8 meters. Speaking about the LED effects, it will provide visual feedback when the Home recognises "Hey Google". It sports a non-skid silicone base.

Google has finally brought in some competition in the smart speaker space, which has been dominated by Amazon in India.

This can be required to be powered by the wall socket, that can arrive with an AC power adapter. For example, if one would like to connect to a Bluetooth speaker to listen to music and have the Google Home read out a recipe, it is not possible.

According to Flipkart Head of Private Labels and Electronics Adarsh Menon, the entry of big brand in the smart home segment is important for expanding the category.


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