Now, Google has just released the smaller Google Home Mini, which is comparable in size to Amazon’s Echo Dot. It’s a smart mini speaker that will cost $49. It utilizes Google Assistant and is cheaper, smaller, and quieter than the Amazon Alexa.
While it’s not designed for music playing only, it still packs a decent punch. The purpose of the device is to bring Google Assistant into your home.
For example, it can help you listen to podcasts, stay up to date with the latest news and you can use it to send instructions to other Google-connected devices. This can, for example, be another speaker with Chromecast support.
We’ve already seen the images of the Google Home yesterday when Walmart accidentally made the listing for the product live. There’s going to be three different colors available, which are gray, black, and red. The Google Home Mini is going to be released on October 19th, 2017, but you can already pre-order today.
So will be an ideal replacement for the Amazon Echo Dot? No, because it doesn’t support all of the functionalities. For instance, you can not plug in wired speakers, and it doesn’t have the same level of onboard controls like the Echo Dot has.
Google also revealed the Google Max, which is a bigger high-end smart speaker.