We toss around the Google Home Mini (The 3:59, Ep. 295)

Today's podcast is devoted to Google's small addition to its Home family.

Roger Cheng Former Executive Editor / Head of News
Roger Cheng (he/him/his) was the executive editor in charge of CNET News, managing everything from daily breaking news to in-depth investigative packages. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade and got his start writing and laying out pages at a local paper in Southern California. He's a devoted Trojan alum and thinks sleep is the perfect -- if unattainable -- hobby for a parent.
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  • SABEW Best in Business 2011 Award for Breaking News Coverage, Eddie Award in 2020 for 5G coverage, runner-up National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for culture analysis.
Alfred Ng Senior Reporter / CNET News
Alfred Ng was a senior reporter for CNET News. He was raised in Brooklyn and previously worked on the New York Daily News's social media and breaking news teams.
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The Google Home Mini takes on the Amazon Echo Dot. 

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We're not sure how the Google Home Mini works, but we know it's adorable. 

Since we devoted most of yesterday's show to the Pixel 2 phone and Pixel Buds headphones, we wanted to save some time for the new smart speakers: the Google Home Mini and Max. But ... we ended up just talking about the Google Home Mini, which we got our hands on. 

It certainly looks better than the Amazon Echo Dot, which it's targeting, but Alfred had one deal breaker with the Home Mini. 

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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