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

[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

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

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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Looks like Best Buy might include a Google Home Mini with the purchase of a Pixel 2

Looks like Best Buy might include a Google Home Mini with the purchase of a Pixel 2

We are just mere moments away from the official Google Pixel event, but that hasn't stopped a lot of stuff leaking. Last night, redditor /u/FireYoshiQc posted a flyer from Best Buy Canada that showed a promo offer: buy a Pixel 2, get a free Google Home Mini.

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You can now assign each Google Home speaker to a specific room

You can now assign each Google Home speaker to a specific room

If you use Google Home to control your smart home gadgets such as lights and thermostats, you'll probably be aware that you can assign them to different rooms in the house. That way you can turn multiple devices on or off with a single command, by saying "turn off the living room," for example. Until now, Google Home speakers themselves couldn't be added to a room, which didn't make any sense.

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Google Home's new Night Mode will keep it from yelling at you at 2 AM

Google Home's new Night Mode will keep it from yelling at you at 2 AM

One of the more annoying aspects of the Google Home (or any smart speaker, really) is the response volume is static. Unlike a normal person, it won't talk to you at the same volume you are speaking. If you were blasting music earlier in the day and you forgot to turn it down later, asking to turn off a lamp later could result in an ear-popping "OK, TURNING OFF THE LAMP!"

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[Update: Walmart says ships Oct 19] Google Home Mini shows ready to be set up for someone who lives near the Google campus

[Update: Walmart says ships Oct 19] Google Home Mini shows ready to be set up for someone who lives near the Google campus

We've been hearing about the Google Home Mini for a couple of months now: first we revealed Google's plans to make a smaller Home then Droid-Life leaked the Mini's design and price. Now we have one more confirmation of the Mini's existence and look.

Raymond Durk, who lives two blocks away from the Google campus, spotted a new Google Home Mini ready to be set up in his Google Home app.

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Google Home Mini leaked in detail, expected to cost $49

Google Home Mini leaked in detail, expected to cost $49

Last year's Google Home was a pretty great product, and has only been made better through numerous software updates. Back in August, we shared that one of the products announced at Google's upcoming event would be a smaller Google Home. Now we know a good deal about the Home Mini, thanks to a recent leak from Droid Life.

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