The new model is covered in fabric to make it look good next to the furniture in any room in your house. But Google says the fabric was designed from the ground up to allow light and sound to pass through.
Google Home Mini goes up for pre-orer today for $49 and it should be available in stores starting October 19th.
Google Home Mini is a 360-degree speaker with 4 LED lights under the fabric that light up to let you know when it’s listening and/or “thinking.” And you can interact with the speaker by voice or by tapping the top of the speaker to do things like pausing music, adjusting volume, or talking to assistant.
Google Assistant is also getting some new features including the ability to automatically ring your Android phone to let you find a phone that’s fallen into the couch cushions. While there’s no ring-your-iPhone option, you can have Google Home call your iPhone, which should make it ring anyway (if your phone isn’t set to silent).
There’s also a new “broadcast” feature that will let you send a message to all Google Home devices in a house. For example, a parent can tell Home to send a “it’s time to get ready for school” message through the Home Mini speakers in any room where there is one. Google is also launching a new set of family features including games and additional content.
Later this week Google Home is also launching in Japan, bringing the total number of countries where Home and Home Mini will be available to 7.