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Five things we want from the Google Home Mini 2

Five things we want from the Google Home Mini 2

Can you believe it has already been nearly two years since the Google Home Mini was released? The $35 speaker finally gave Google a real competitor to the Amazon Echo Dot, and with how many times the Mini has gone on sale or been bundled with seemingly-unrelated products, having a handful of Minis in a single home has become fairly common.

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Google Nest is giving 100,000 Home Minis to people living with paralysis

Google Nest is giving 100,000 Home Minis to people living with paralysis

The tagline for Google's smart home products, "A little help at home," resonates with many, but none more so than users with disabilities. The hands-free assistance offered by Google Home devices can go a long well to helping users feel more independent, and this is particularly true of people living with paralysis. Today, Google announced a partnership with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation that will see 100,000 Home Minis given out to improve even more lives.

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Google Home Minis are under $25 each at Best Buy if you buy two

Google Home Minis are under $25 each at Best Buy if you buy two

If you're somehow not already up to your pits in smart speakers, here's an easy way to remedy that: you can pick up two Google Home Minis from a number of sellers for 49 bucks. I know, I know, they're basically always on sale, but this puts them at just $24.50 a pop, which is a particularly good price for a highly-functional device.

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Get a Nest Thermostat, a Home Mini, and 2 temperature sensors for just $190 ($102 off) from Home Depot

Get a Nest Thermostat, a Home Mini, and 2 temperature sensors for just $190 ($102 off) from Home Depot

The third-generation Nest Thermostat has been out for several years now, but as the old saying goes, don't fix what ain't broke. This smart thermostat is still among the best of the best, and it's currently being bundled with a Home Mini and two temperature sensors for just $190.15 — a not-insignificant $102 off current prices elsewhere.

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

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

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

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

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

[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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