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Excited for Google Home's new and revamped features?

The demo area at the Google launch was very noisy, so it was hard for us to properly assess the quality of the speaker but we'd say -at this early stage - it's better than the one you find in the Echo Dot.

Google's voice-activated digital assistant will serve as the brains for all the speakers.

The Home Max, which comes in chocolate and charcoal colors, is available in the U.S. at launch and will come to more countries in 2018. With Broadcasts, you can send a message to your Google Home speakers and have it spoken out loud by the Google Assistant to everyone in the room.

The Google Home Mini replaces the air-freshener look with a flatter pebble-shaped design and features a fabric speaker cover.

In a controlled listening environment, Google gave the press a demo of how the Home Max sounds, as both a single speaker and in a stereo configuration.

The hockey puck-like Google Home Mini comes in three colours: chalk, charcoal and coral. The Max is made of polycarbonate plastic with generous internal bracing that could help deliver increased sound quality at higher output levels. You get tips and tricks and suggestions for Google Assistant in the Discover section and suggestions for content consumption in the Browse section. "If I will say 'Play my favorites", Home will be able to recognize my voice and it will play my favorite songs rather than my sister's songs.

It is a direct shot at Amazon's Echo Dot. Priced at $49 in the USA, the device is already up for pre-orders in the country and will be made available starting October 19. It's the shape of a smooth stone and should look perfectly unobtrusive on your nightstand near the newly announced Google Home Max. It will come with a free 12-month subscription to YouTube Music.

Google Home Mini review: What's so special? One thing's for sure: we'll find out very soon.

We were disappointed with Google Home's functionality when it launched a year ago, but the devices silently update themselves direct from Google, and the company has been steadily patching in new features over the months.

In the USA the Max will cost $399.

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