Google promotes Google smart speaker on Google homepage

In an unusual move, the Google Home Max is advertised on the search giant's homepage.

Xiomara Blanco Associate Editor / Reviews - Tablets and monitors
Xiomara Blanco is an associate editor for CNET Reviews. She's a Bay Area native with a knack for tech that makes life easier and more enjoyable. So, don't expect her to review printers anytime soon.
Xiomara Blanco

Google's homepage, the most visited website in the world, is known for its traditionally minimalist design -- save for the occasional Doodle

So it's unusual to see the company using its homepage to advertise its own high-end speaker.

Below the Google search bar is a simple two-sentence ad that states "Meet Google Home Max. Now in stock." 

It links to the purchase page for the Google smart speaker, which was announced the speaker last year.

The sly ad anticipates the Feb. 9 sales date of the competing Apple HomePod. Apple isn't advertising the HomePod as a smart speaker, however, even though it features Siri .