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The Google Home smart speaker has a tough job -- competing with Amazon's Alexa juggernaut. Now, the search giant has a new mini-size speaker that should help it keep up with Amazon's best-selling Alexa device, the Echo Dot. Click through to see some more about it.

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The Google Home Mini is, as Google puts it, smaller than a doughnut and lighter than a chipmunk. It features a touch-capacitive fabric top with four white indicator lights. Just say "OK Google" or "Hey Google" to wake it up, then ask it a question or give it a command.

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The Google Home Mini features all of the same capabilities of the full-size Google Home smart speaker, with full access to the Google Assistant.

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The Google Home Mini comes in your choice of three colors: coral, chalk, and charcoal.

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The Google Home Mini will be available in a number of countries, now including Japan.

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The Mini shows these lights when it's listening. 

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Google Home Mini puts the power of the original Google Home into a smaller package. The original Home is on the right. 

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Google Home Mini is available for preorder starting today for $49.

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