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Google Home Max drops to just $209 on Rakuten with promo code

The Home Max is Google's biggest smart speaker offering, and it debuted in late 2017 for a princely $399. Unsurprisingly, prices have since fallen. Right now you can pick a Home Max up for just $209, a little over half of its original MSRP, from Beach Camera via Rakuten with a promo code.

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Google can't decide if it's a Google Home or a Nest Home in hilarious tweet

When the big Nest rebranding hit Google, products like the Home Hub saw their names changed to the Google Nest Hub, confusingly differentiating them as separate from the "Home" series smart speakers that they have more in common with than any "Nest" branded hardware. Initially, it seemed like all of Google's "Home" branded stuff would be changed to "Google Nest," but Google later confirmed to us that its speakers would not follow this change. Apparently, no one told the @madebygoogle Twitter account that.

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Google deals on Home and Nest include $25 Home Mini, $238 Nest Cam Outdoor 2-pack

One of the constants in consumer societies is deals. As long as companies exist and make products, they'll try to discount them to move some inventory and gain market share. That's even more true when it comes to the smart home, where products are often considered novelties but can also provide a strong tie-in to an ecosystem. Like Amazon, Google wants you to grab its own smart speakers and connected devices, so it keeps discounting them to lure more of us in. I have enough smart devices in my home, but if you're still looking to beef up your own setup, there are some Google deals to take advantage of now.

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Google Home Max bundled with Home Mini for just $234

Earlier this month, we saw online retailer Tink offer the Home Max and Home Mini together for $242. In case you missed that sale, Tink is offering this same bundle yet again, but this time for $232 with a promo code. That's $8 less than the previous sale and $114 off retail prices.

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Get a Google Home Max and Mini for just $242 in this Father's Day sale

If you want a smart speaker with a whole lotta sound, the Google Home Max sure is a good option. Originally $400, the speaker's price was later reduced by $100, and we've seen it drop to as low as $262 in a sale before. Today's Father's Day deal marks a new low — $242 for a Home Max, with a Home Mini thrown in for good measure.

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Chromecasts and Assistant speakers keep disappearing from the Google Home app for some, making them near useless

Google's smart home speakers and Chromecasts are great when they work. You can throw any supported content on them and have it play almost instantly, without worrying about hardware compatibility and app availability as you'd have to on set-top boxes or consoles. However, Google's offers are only great when they really do work. That isn't the case for some users, with their Chromecasts and Homes repeatedly disappearing from the Home app, rendering them effectively useless for many cast-enabled apps.

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[Update: Possibly fixed] Google Homes are having an identity crisis as Assistant mixes US and British accents

Google Assistant keeps learning new languages and can even speak them with the local accent. Indeed, it can differentiate between Canadian, Belgian and, French variants of the same tongue, and also pronounce words in the Queen's English. However, it seems some devices are rebelling by speaking in opposite accents, as users have reported their Google Homes have switched to US or UK English.

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Google discounts Home, Home Mini, Home Max, and Nest Hub smart speakers and display

Although Google's smart home devices have been going on sale several times in the past, the company is currently discounting almost the entire Home range, including the Nest Hub smart display. This is a great opportunity to get an extra intelligent device in your household, or even to buy your first one if you don't have one already.

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Blast your favorite tunes with $100 off Google Home Max

The Google Home Max is a top-tier smart speaker, with amazing (and incredibly loud) sound. If you've wanted to pick one up but you've been understandably deterred by the $399 MSRP, now could be your chance: the speaker is $100 off basically anywhere you can find it.

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