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Google Assistant can tell you who's at the door with Nest Hello and Familiar Faces

Last month, Google's sister company Nest revealed a smart doorbell, the Nest Hello. It has a built-in camera with IR illumination, and is able to detect faces with Nest Cam IQ. Google is leveraging that feature with a new voice command for the Google Assistant.

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Google announces the $399 Google Home Max, a pumped-up version of the Google Home

Ever think the Google Home just doesn't have enough oomph? The new Google Home Max should be very much your style. It's loud, with dual 4.5" woofers and custom 0.7" tweeters, giving it over 20x the power of the Google Home. The fabric-covered Google Home Max will be available this December for $399.

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Google Home broadcast works just like a one-way intercom for the whole home

Google Home keeps getting updated with new and better features. An addition that was announced at today's Google event that will be particularly useful for families with kids — especially ones with larger homes — is the ability to broadcast a message across all Google Home devices around the house.

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Nest camera support is coming to Google Home/Chromecast

Today's Google event isn't just about new Google-branded products. The company announced today that Nest cameras would have deeper integration with the Google Home and Chromecast.

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Hands-free Home calling coming to the UK later this year

Country-related news for Google Home continues. Now the focus is hands-free calling on the Google Home. The UK is the latest country to get the feature, coming later this year. 

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[Update: More details] Google Home can now use your own phone number for calls

Back at Google I/O 2017, Google announced that hands-free phone calling would come to the Home smart speaker. The feature finally arrived in August, but with one caveat - it could only use a randomly-chosen number or your Google Voice/Project Fi number.

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Google Home Mini is official, costs $49 and comes in chalk, charcoal, or coral

It's already been heavily leaked, so it didn't come as much of a surprise, but the Google Home Mini is now official. Announced at Google's big event today in San Francisco, the little speaker is inevitably going to be compared to a hockey puck in size and shape. It's a smaller and cheaper alternative to the Google Home smart speaker, costing just $49 compared to the $129 you can usually expect to pay for its bigger brother.

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Google Home is coming to Japan next week

Home-related news continues. Google has just announced at its event that Google Home will be coming to Japan next week. The company originally made the promise back at I/O, but now we've got a definite timeframe. Looks like they just missed the original "end of summer" expectation. 

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Google Home multi-user is rolling out to all countries where Home is sold

Google started rolling out multi-user support for the Google Home back in April. It allowed Home owners to train the smart speaker to recognize different people, and keep everyone's data separate. But until now, it was only available in the US and UK.

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Google has sold over 55 million Chromecasts and cast devices

Google's event is in full swing, and the company's been talking up its recent milestones. The announcement that there are over 55 million Chromecast devices out there is a biggie, though. Guess the device has become pretty ubiquitous.

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