Google Home Max Stories January 26, 2021

The Home Max, and Mini, launched in 2017 as the first expansion of Google’s smart speaker lineup. After three years, Google has officially discontinued the Home Max as inventory is depleted.

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Google Home Max Stories December 22, 2020

Earlier this month, Google discontinued its three-year-old premium Assistant smart speaker after announcing a smaller alternative in September. The Google Home Max is now surprisingly in stock on the US Google Store.

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Google Home Max Stories November 22, 2020

Should you buy a Google Home Max in 2020?

For Black Friday 2020, Google is selling its top-of-the-line smart speaker for half off. Google Home Max is just $150 right now, but should you buy the three-year-old speaker?

Google Home Max Stories October 8, 2020

Over the past four years, Google has expanded its smart speaker lineup quite a bit. This week, the new Nest Audio is hitting doorsteps, but where does it fall in the lineup? Here’s how Nest Audio compares to Home Max, Nest Mini, Google Home, and everything else.

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Google Home Max Stories August 31, 2020

This fall, Google’s highest-end Assistant smart speaker will be three years old. Distinctly lacking Nest branding and amid confirmed rumors of a successor, the Google Store today discounted the Home Max to $199.

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Google Home Max Stories July 1, 2019

Last month, a Google Store listing briefly referred to Google Home as “Nest Home.” The official Made by Google Twitter account this afternoon used that name again with the “Nest Home Max.”

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Google Home Max Stories June 2, 2019

At I/O 2019 last month, Google announced price cuts for its entire Home lineup. Another round of deals have kicked off today on the Google Store and other retailers, with the most notable being a $269 Google Home Max and $99 bundle that includes the Nest Hub, Home Mini, and C by GE smart bulb.

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Google Home Max Stories May 23, 2019

[Update: Purchase no longer required] Google launches Assistant referral contest for free Home Max

The Google Store is hosting a “Google Assistant Refer a Friend Sweepstakes” where you can win a Home Max anytime your special link is used to make a purchase. This contest is a somewhat odd way for Google to increase Assistant adoption and sales by leveraging your social circle.

Google Home Max Stories April 4, 2019

I’m a big Google Home user. I have one in pretty much every room in the house, and in some rooms, I have two. This works out fine for the most part, but something that’s unique about having so many Homes is that there’s a more-than-average number of them constantly battling to figure out which one you’re talking to. Sometimes that goes well, and other times, it’s very broken.

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Google Home Max Stories March 21, 2019

Google Store spring sale takes $100 off Google Home Max, $200 off Pixelbook, more

Spring is officially here and to kick off the new season, Google is offering some discounts on the Google Store. Starting today, several products are on sale including the Google Home Max, Pixelbook, and more.

Google Home Max Stories August 30, 2018

Google doubles global Home Max availability w/ launches in Germany, UK, and France

Earlier this month, the Google Home Max finally became available outside of North America following an Australian launch. Today, the premium Assistant smart speaker is coming to a handful of European countries and doubling its global availability.

Google Home Max Stories July 31, 2018

International availability for Google’s hardware is still limited and involves a slow process even after three years. The latest launch is for the Home Max, with Google’s premium Assistant smart speaker coming to Australia on August 9th.

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Google Home Max Stories July 8, 2018

The Google Store is kicking off a summer-themed event today that discounts the Pixel 2 XL, all Google Home smart speakers, Chromecasts, and more. In effect until next week, one of the better deals is a $150 discount when purchasing two Home Max speakers.

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Google Home Max Stories June 21, 2018

How to enable Google Home’s Continued Conversation

Continued Conversations is a new Google Home feature that allows users to ask the Google Assistant follow-up questions without having to repeatedly say the “Ok/Hey Google” hotword. Unfortunately, new and old Google Home users alike will need to manually turn Continued Conversations on for the feature to work. Here’s how.

Google Home Max Stories May 16, 2018

Google has today announced that the biggest and baddest of the Google Home family, the Home Max, is now available in Canada. You’ll be able to purchase the device in both “chalk” and “charcoal” at both the online Google Store and at Best Buy for $499 CAD.

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Google Home Max Stories May 10, 2018

I/O is a software show as highlighted by Google Duplex at the 2018 keynote. For the longest time, the primary Google hardware presence were phones used to demo the latest Android developer preview. However, this year, Made by Google had an iconic presence through a Home Max installation.

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Google Home Max Stories May 9, 2018

Future Google Home Max update will help reduce in-line latency by up to 93%

When you pay $400 for any type of speaker, let alone a Google Home Max, you expect it to do everything you want it to. Unfortunately, when you plug something into the Max through the 3.5mm port, there’s noticeable latency. In an upcoming update, this should get dramatically improved.

Google Home Max Stories April 11, 2018

How to factory reset your Google Home, Mini, & Max

Because so much of the Google Home setup process and user experience is through the Home app, it seems logical that the option to factory reset the smart speakers would also be within the application. Oddly enough, it isn’t, and to wipe your devices requires you to press and hold physical buttons on each of the speakers…

Google Home Max Stories February 20, 2018

Google Home Max’s silicone pad is also leaving marks on wood, in at least one case [Update]

Last week, customers who purchased Apple’s HomePod were rightfully upset to find out that the speaker’s silicone feet left white marks on wood surfaces. Now, it looks like there’s at least one case of the Home Max’s silicone pad leaving a similar mark…

Google Home Max Stories February 19, 2018

After years of Google and Amazon duking it out over the smart home speaker market, Apple finally joined the party this month with the launch of its HomePod. And whether or not Apple wants to consider the new product a direct competitor to the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo, it undeniably is. It’s priced within range, it’s powered by a smart assistant, and it’s primarily (but not only) going to be used for playing music. Just like its competitors.

The most obvious competitor to the Apple HomePod, in my opinion, is the Google Home Max. Max is priced just slightly higher and is about twice the HomePod’s size, but for most consumers looking for a high-end smart speaker, the decision will come down to these two. Most shouldn’t get a HomePod.

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Google Home Max Stories February 13, 2018

Since Apple released its HomePod smart speaker, reviews and comparisons have been pouring in. Joining the fray now is Yahoo’s David Pogue, who conducted a blind “home sound test” of the HomePod…

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Google Home Max Stories February 12, 2018

Apple’s HomePod has been well received by most critics so far, with audiophiles and regular people alike. Consumer Reports, however, has done some early testing on the HomePod and found that a few of Apple’s competitors may sound a little bit better…

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Google Home Max Stories February 2, 2018

As HomePod nears launch, Google runs rare ad for Home Max on

Google’s collection of smart home speakers have been on the market for over a year now, and they’ve matured a lot since launch. There are dozens of third-party options, but the best arguably come from Google itself. Now, the recent Google Home Max is finally on sale, and Google is starting to advertise it in key locations for avid Google users.

Google Home Max Stories January 16, 2018

If you happen to own a router from ASUS, Linksys, Netgear, TP-Link, or Synology, there’s a chance that you’ve been experiencing Wi-Fi issues after setting up a Google Home and or a Chromecast in your house. While a fix is in works, there’s no quick or temporary solution for users having problems.

Have you experienced any Wi-Fi issues since installing a Google Home or Chromecast?

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Google Home Max Stories January 3, 2018

When I first heard that Google was working on a larger, Sonos-like Google Home, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’d never owned a nice home speaker until the Google Home Max, because I never really had the need — much less the desire — for a “fancy home speaker”. That changed when I saw the initial ad reel for the Home Max at Google’s event last year in San Francisco, and now I’ve had the joy of using the Max as my primary Home for a few weeks. It’s good.

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Google Home Max Stories December 26, 2017

Shortly after its announcement, the Google Home Mini encountered an issue where it was always listening and thus required some of its capabilities to be disabled via a software update. Now, the Home Max is facing a bug with its 3.5 mm AUX-in port and audio delay.

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Google Home Max Stories December 14, 2017

The Home Max is now available for purchase which means Google now sells three different smart speakers, all serving separate purposes. The Max, being the largest of the three, is intended to be a premium quality speaker which just happens to have Google Assistant built-in.

But at $400, the Home Max can be a difficult purchase to make. Are you buying one for your house?

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I got the Google Home Max yesterday. I bought the white one from Verizon in the minutes after it went on sale. I got the free shipping option which was about as fast as the 1 day shipping from Best Buy. It comes packaged nicely in a very Googley box pictured above.

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Google Home Max Stories December 13, 2017

How to set up your Google Home Max

With the Google Home Max being delivered to customers now, we figured it would be a good time to walk you through how to set up and get started with your new smart speaker. Thankfully, most of the set up process takes place within the Home app, which means the entire process just takes a few minutes.

Google Home Max Stories December 11, 2017

Update 10:35 ET: Currently out of stock at Verizon and Best Buy – hope you got in early. 

As predicted by the Best Buy leak a few weeks ago, Google’s Home Max is now available at a few different retailers. You’ll want to get your order in ASAP for Holiday deliveries.

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Google Home Max Stories November 30, 2017

Google has publicly said that its new high-end Google Home Max speaker will be released in December, but until now we didn’t have any idea at what point within that month you might be able to trot down to a store and actually pick one up. According to Best Buy at least, that day will be December 11th, 2017.

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Google Home Max Stories November 24, 2017

How to delete all audio recordings captured by your Google Home

Depending on your personal opinion, you may think the fact that Google stores all audio recordings from Home as either awesome or extremely weird. Either way, you might one day want to delete all of those recordings. Thankfully, Google makes it extremely easy to do so right from the “My Activity” interface…

Google Home Max Stories November 14, 2017

This morning Google announced several new features for the Home app, including improved search and advanced audio controls like bass and treble. These changes are rolling out with version 1.26 of the app, with a teardown also revealing the addition of support for the Google Home Max launching next month. It also details upcoming features and possibly a new device.

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Google Home Max Stories November 13, 2017

The Google Home Mini passed through the FCC weeks before its official October 4th launch, but its larger and more premium Assistant speaker sibling only today hit the regulatory agency. The new filing reveals several tidbits about the Google Home Max set to launch next month.

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Google Home Max Stories October 5, 2017

In addition to Google announcing two new Home units at yesterday’s event, the company has been pushing out brand new features that bring extra functionality and control to the smart speaker. The latest of those allows you to set a preferred media playback device when you ask your Home to either play some music or your favorite show on CBS. Here’s how to change the setting…

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Google Home Max Stories October 4, 2017

Alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google announced a whole slew of new products. These include a new premium Chromebook called the Pixelbook, two new Google Homes, Assistant-powered Bluetooth headphones, and more. Below are all of the places currently selling the search giant’s latest products…

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Google Home is an impressive product, but it’s not perfect for every situation. We’re getting a lot of third-party Assistant speakers in the coming weeks, but today Google unveiled two of their own options — the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max. As with anything, there was a lot announced on stage, but also a lot that slipped through the cracks, so let’s take a slightly closer look…

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Google took to the stage today to debut quite a few new hardware and software releases, and there was a lot to get through. If you don’t have time to sit down and watch the entire event, we’ve got you covered…

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In addition to launching a smaller, cheaper Assistant smart speaker this morning, Google also unveiled the rumored Google Home Max. Larger than last year’s Home, it features stereo speakers and a more premium design.

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Google Home Max Stories October 3, 2017

Not sure if it’s coming tomorrow, but Google Home Max likely codenamed ‘biggie’

The latest Google Home app has lots of hints about what Google is going to show off tomorrow, with most of those being some new pictures of the long-ago-leaked Google Home Mini. What’s also interesting, though, is that it has some redacted assets for another new Google Home product…

Google Home Max Stories October 2, 2017

It’s been almost exactly one year since Google held its first “Made by Google” event, featuring the first wave of products out of Google’s newly-found seriousness about hardware. This year we’re expecting refreshes for lots of products that debuted for the first time last year, and perhaps a few exciting surprises as well… expand full story

Google Home Max Stories September 27, 2017

Google is developing a larger, higher-quality, and assumably higher-priced Google Home that would take on the likes of the Sonos Play:3, according to two sources familiar with the project. Both sources say that the device has stereo speakers, while one shared an internal name: Google Home “Max”.

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