Google to launch a mid range Pixel in India

Google's entry into the smart speaker market in India comes at a time when the trend is slowly starting to take root.

Google India has also confirmed on Twitter via a tweet that the smart speakers will be launched soon but did not reveal the launch date. Which means, like Google demonstrated at I/O 2017, the feature will allow multiple people to have their Google accounts connected to the Home device to get more personalized results after teaching the Google Assistant their respective voice models.

According to a report by Economic Times, Google is working on a mid-range Pixel smartphone that it plans to launch in markets like India. In the USA, the Google Home Mini ships for $49 (around Rs. 3,200) and the Google Home ships for $129 (around Rs. 8,500).

Further details are awaited. So it makes sense for Google to try and regain some foothold with an appropriately priced, mid-range Pixel phone. You can activate the speaker by just saying "Ok Google" and then command to play music or any other task.

Before the mid-range Pixel phone, Google is set to bring the company's flagship Google Assistant-powered Home smart speaker series - a standard Home and a Home Mini - in India as early this month with prices ranging between Rs 4,999 and Rs 9,999.

The Google Home and the Home Mini launch comes months after Amazon launched its Echo smart speakers in India past year. We will have to wait and see how Google prices these Home speakers.

Coming to the hardware of Google Home speaker, it comes with a 2-inch driver and a dual 2-inch passive radiator on the sides of the speaker.

These so-called smart displays would compete with Amazon's Echo Show, and deliver information such as news, weather, and directions on tablet-like devices.

No word on whether Google might be planning to release the cheaper Pixel in the U.S. It's entirely possible Google could restrict the phone to emerging markets.

Google already has a footprint in India, thanks to its Android Go and Android One schemes, which stick its operating system on a bunch of budget handsets (think £60 and under) from the likes of Nokia, Alcatel, and Huawei, among others.

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