Google launches new Home smart speakers, including high-end Apple rival
Alphabet Inc.'s Google [s; googl] (GOOGL) showed off an expanded line of its Home smart speakers at an event Wednesday in San Francisco, including a new high-end version mean to challenge Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) HomePod and Sonos devices. Google introduced a smaller and cheaper form factor called Google Home Mini, similar to Amazon.com Inc.'s (AMZN) Echo Dot, for $49. Google Home Max, a larger speaker with better sound quality, will cost $399, $50 more than Apple's HomePod, which the iPhone maker announced in June (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apples-unveils-new-homepod-voice-controlled-speaker-competing-with-amazons-echo-2017-06-05) and plans to begin selling to consumers in December. Google will also launch Google Home Max in December, with a free year of the YouTube Red streaming service. The standard Google Home smart speaker, which Alphabet began selling last year, costs $129.
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