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Google takes its next Home smart speaker to the Max

Google's Home Max speaker focuses on smart sound for your smart home.

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Google Home Max

Google Home Max is the biggest speaker in Google's family of smart speakers.

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Google Home Max

The speaker features six onboard microphones for far-field voice control.

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Google Home Max

When the speaker is placed horizontally, it uses its left and right side to act as a stereo speaker.

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The Google Home family

Here's the Google Home Max (right) pictured alongside the original Google Home (left) and the Google Home Mini.

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Google Home Max

Google reports that the Max speaker should be able to hear "OK Google" commands, even when it's playing music at a high volume.

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Google Home Max

The speaker can also be grouped with other Google Home and Chromecast audio devices.

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Google Home Max

Ports on the speaker include USB-C (for separate Ethernet and digital audio dongles) and a 3.5 mm auxiliary jack.

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Google Home Max

The speaker can also pair over Bluetooth.

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Google Home Max

It sells for $399 in the US. That price roughly converts to £300 for the UK and AU$530 in Australia.

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Google Home Max

Click through for screenshots of the Google Home Max from it's announcement in October.

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Google Home Max

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Google Home Max

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Google Home Max

It's supposed to be more than 20x louder than the Google Home.

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