Earlier this week, Google introduced its Home and Home Mini smart speakers in the Indian market. The bigger Google Home had made its debut back in October 2016, while the smaller Home Mini was introduced at Google’s hardware event in October last year. To promote its new smart speakers, Google has tied up with various Indian brands such as ACT Fibernet and Reliance. While ACT Fibernet subscribers will receive a complimentary Google Home Mini with select plans, Reliance is giving a free JioFi router with additional data benefits to customers. Priced in India at Rs.4,499, the Google Home Mini rivals the Amazon Echo Dot, which is also priced at Rs.4,499 in India.
Google Home Mini: How to Get it for Free With ACT Fibernet Connection
ACT Fibernet has introduced special plans and offers for both existing and new customers in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Chennai. Customers who opt for any of the below plans will be eligible to receive a complimentary Google Home Mini. The smart speaker will be delivered to your doorstep once you have successfully subscribed to an eligible plan. In Delhi, ACT Fibernet has launched a special Platinum promo plan with 150 Mbps broadband speed and a monthly rental of Rs.999. ACT Fibernet customers in Chennai will receive a complementary Google Home Mini with the Incredible, Thunder, and Lightning plans. Similarly, subscribers in Bangalore can get the Google Home Mini for free with the ACT GIGA, Incredible, and Lightning plans. In Hyderabad, the Google Home Mini is complementary with the ACT GIGA, Incredible, and A-Max 1299 plans.
Google Home Mini: Get JioFi Router Free With 100GB 4G Data
Google has also tied up with Reliance to offer a free JioFi router along with both the Google Home and Home Mini speakers. In order to receive your free JioFi router, you will need to purchase the Google Home Mini from a Reliance Retail store near you. Along with the free JioFi router, customers can also enjoy additional data benefits of up to 100GB. However, to receive the instant additional data benefit, users will need to perform a first recharge of Rs.149 or higher along with joining Jio Prime by paying Rs.99. Once you perform the first recharge, you will get the 10 vouchers of 10GB data each in your MyJio account. These vouchers will have a validity period of up to one year from the date of purchase.
Google Home Mini: Specifications, Features
The Google Home Mini is a compact smart speaker that is almost entirely enclosed in custom fabric and features a non-skid silicone base. Available in Chalk and Charcoal color options, the smart speaker comes with four LED lights underneath the fabric that will light up whenever it hears you or when it is thinking. Equipped with far-field microphones, the Google Home Mini can hear you even when you have music playing in your home or there is some loud noise in the background. With the Google Assistant built-in, the Home Mini is capable of answering your questions, playing music, manage everyday tasks, set up reminders, translate phrases, and also control your smart home devices. Even though the Home Mini only has a single 40-mm driver, its circular design makes it possible to project 360-degree sound. If you want a more powerful sound, the Google Home Mini can be paired with other Bluetooth speakers in your house. While it doesn’t have any buttons, you can adjust the volume simply by tapping the sides of the smart speaker. Tapping on the left side will lower the volume while tapping on the right side will increase the volume. To turn off the microphone, you can simply flip the switch near the power port.
The Google Home Mini has a diameter of 98mm and a 42mm height. In terms of weight, the smart speaker weighs in at 173 grams. Supported audio formats include HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), and FLAC. Connectivity-wise, the Google Home Mini includes onboard Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1 input support, and Chromecast + Chromecast Audio built-in. The smart speaker is compatible with Android devices running version 4.4 or higher and iOS devices running version 9.1 or higher.