Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) Readying Launch Of Smaller, Cheaper Home Speaker?

Bill Rogers
September 21, 2017

This portable battery replaces the base on your Google Home, allowing you to use it tethered (with Google Home's existing power adapter) or cordless thanks to its 8 hours of battery life.

The makers of the Vaux Portable Speaker Base for the Amazon Echo Dot launched two new products Wednesday: The Loft provides up to eight hours of battery charge for your Google Home, and the Dox is another attachment for the Dot, but this one works with the second-generation Dot and provides 10 hours of battery. For Google Home too, Ninety7 is is the first supplier for attachable battery base. It has 4 LEDs on the front to show how much battery is still left and a premium metal perforated sleeve that should keep the same look you're used to with Google Home without hindering the sound's quality. Apple also has its own smart home speaker, the HomePod, which sells for $349 starting in December. The smart speaker will come with Google Assistant, and it'll probably include all the features that are available on the larger Google Home. However, if you only want to play music on the speaker and not control your home devices, then you can connect your speaker to Bluetooth. You can now roam around your house with Google Home or any other place with Wi-Fi in range.

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While Google is working on the next version of Google Home, which will be smaller than the first version, it is good to see third-party manufacturers coming up with nifty accessories for the smart speaker. Grab a LOFT for $39.95 (regular RRP is $49.95), while the DOX can be yours for $29.94 (regular RRP is $39.95). As with the VAUX, Amazon's smaller smart speaker drops into a nook on the top, with cables plugging in at the back.

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