Technology is growing at a faster pace than we think and innovative products which can make the common man’s life easier is being launched at affordable price tags.
But we can’t ignore the fact that the sound engineers are not aware of these recent launches especially with regard to audio products and the issue came to limelight when we posted a poll question in our social media channels to recommend a Smart Speaker.
To be frank the response to that poll question was modest as most of them were unaware of the new products.
That persuaded us to write about Smart Speakers and the latest innovations from Google.
Couple of days back Google, the internet giant, has forayed into more diverse sections of the hardware market by unveiling a bunch of products, otherwise called the second generation google hardware which is added with features that everyone wish to have in their gadgets.
There are many products which fall under Made by Google brand and the gadgets on which our eyeball got stuck is with Google Pixel Buds, Google Home Max, New Google Home Mini.
As an institute into Sound Engineering training we cant leave these products unnoticed.
Lets talk about the features of above mentioned Google proudcts which will be interesting for the Sound Engineers.
Google Home Max
Google Home should not only be practical, but also sound good.
It is the Stereo version of Google Home
Home Max is Google’s new smart speaker optimized for the best possible sound.
For this, the sound is adapted to the spatial conditions.
Google wants to compete directly with manufacturers such as Sonos.
Presented on Wednesday evening, it is a networked loudspeaker with a focus on sound reproduction.
Inside are two woofers, tweeters and sensitive microphones.
Recognize voice commands to the Google Assistant even with loud music.
The new model is significantly larger so that more volume is available for the sound. In addition, stereo speakers are installed.
By artificial intelligence, the Google Home Max should automatically determine the best tone adjustment for the speaker.
Google calls this feature SmartSound, recognizes the location and environment of the device, and adjusts the sound accordingly.
By means of SmartSound, the sound image should be adapted automatically to the conditions of each room.
With the help of special algorithms, the loudspeaker is intended to recognize whether the room has a particularly high amount of reverb and adapts the sound accordingly.
In addition, SmartSound should take into account the conditions under which the loudspeaker is used.
If it is quite quiet in the early morning, the loudspeaker should be quieter than when a hood hood is running in the background.
In such a case, the volume is automatically increased.
Google Home Max can be kept in portrait or landscape position.
The Max loudspeaker can optionally be set up in portrait or horizontal format. The loudspeaker has a 3.5 mm jack socket, in order to integrate other input devices. Otherwise, Bluetooth and Google Cast will be offered to play content on the speaker.
Sonos makes the same thing with his speakers and Apple promises such a sound improvement for his first smart speaker Homepod, which is to be released in the USA at the end of the year.
Google Home Max will be available in December for around 400 US dollars in the USA.
Launch in other countries will be followed after the month of December, so Indians will have to wait for another 3 to 4 months to experience the product.
Google Home Mini
It is the miniature product of Google Home which was launched earlier and it is Cheap.
In the technology world it is considered that Google Home Mini is the internet giants answer to Amazon Echo.
Google wants to bring his language assistant but also in smaller and, above all, more favorable form into the houses.
The Google Home Mini is available from the end of October.
With a price of around 49 USD, the device is the size of a donut a battle attack at Amazon’s Echo Dot.
The device is controlled by the touch screen on the upper side.
One downside of the Gadget is, in order to reach the favorable price, Google has especially saved on the loudspeaker itself.
According to Google, this offers an all-round sound, but the construction alone shows that one can not expect too much from the sound quality.
Who wants to connect an external loudspeaker, is disappointed – at least partially.
The Mini has inherited a disadvantage of the Google Home: The small speaker can not be connected to other speakers either by jack, Bluetooth or WLAN.
Only a link via Chromecast or Chromecast-Audio is possible.
The functionality should not differ very much from the big brother, but assumes that due to the smaller size, the sound should be thinner again.
Unlike Home Max, one can pre-order the device in Google Store.
Google Pixel Buds
The pixel buds sound more exciting
The concept is reminiscent of Apple’s AirPods: Bluetooth headsets, which automatically connect to the mobile phone of their user, sound good and are suitable for voice calls and speech control via the microphone.
Google Pixel Buds can be paired with the Google Assistant.
Only on Google the two halves of the headset are connected with a cable.
But then Google apparently showed something that other headsets cannot is the simultaneous translation.
The highlight: Thanks to Google Assistant, the Google Pixel Buds are also suitable as a real-time interpreter and for navigation.
In conjunction with Google Translate, pixel-ear bud and pixel / Android smartphone with Google Assistant even become a simultaneous translator: they press the right ear bud again and say “Help me speak Italian”.
Now you speak the desired text in your mother tongue and the pixel smartphone outputs the Italian translation via its speakers. If your Italian speaking partner answers, the ear buds deliver the translation into your ears. This translation function should work with 40 languages.
They control all the audio functions of the Google Pixel Buds via the touchpad on the right ear bud: forward and backward, volume control, pause or play.
Pairing with the pixel or Android smartphone is done automatically as soon as you open the transport case and the Android smartphone (with Android 7 and Google Assistant) is nearby. The smartphone automatically detects the pixel buds and asks if it should connect to it.
Google Assistant makes Pixel Buds smart
As soon as you press the touch-pad on the right ear bud, you can use the Google Assistant and ask him or her to play music or give you directions or to start a call.
The smartphone remains in the bag.
The Google Assistant also informs about the ear buds about upcoming appointments or incoming calls and also reads incoming text messages.
There other 3 products which were launched by google on the same day but as those product were not related completely to audio, we hasn’t discussed it for the time being.
Hope every got an idea of recent launch by Google.