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[Update: Offer comes to UK] Spotify Premium for Family account holders can snag a free Google Home Mini starting November 1

Spotify has announced a new promotion for members with family accounts. Starting tomorrow, November 1, the master account holder on any Spotify Premium for Family plan in the United States can get a Google Home Mini for the low low price of zero dollars.

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Continued Conversation on Google Home works in UK English (and possibly more)

Continued Conversation lets you reply to Assistant after it answers you, without having to repeat "OK Google" every time. For instance, after asking it for the weather, you can respond to your smart speaker with another command such as "How about tomorrow?" Until recently, the feature only supported US English, but the company has now made it available to all English users.

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Google offers free Home Mini to One subscribers with 2TB+ plans (US only)

Home Minis seem to be growing on trees for Google. The company won't waste an opportunity to offer them for free with a Pixel 2, Nest products, on eBay or Google Express, or with a Spotify Premium Family subscription, and now it's giving them away to some Google One subscribers too.

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[Update: Working] Google Duo audio calls are coming to Home speakers

It's already been four months since Google unveiled its own smart display, the Home Hub. When it was discovered that the Home Hub would still be capable of Duo video calls despite not having a camera, Google reached out to let us know that the Home Hub also supports audio calls over Duo. As we had speculated back then, it looks like Duo audio calls will also be coming to Home speakers.

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Google Assistant is now your multilingual interpreter

During CES last month, Google announced its Home speakers and smart displays with Assistant would be capable of becoming virtual interpreters and translate live conversations between people speaking in different languages. The feature seems to be rolling out to the masses as an official support page has been set up, and several devices are now capable of translating discussions.

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[Update: Smart display support] Google Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain children's books

Some of Google Home's best features are the ones that are just for fun, like playing the "I'm feeling lucky" game show, listening to different animal sounds, and asking for interesting facts. Google is expanding on that repertoire with storytelling sound effects for certain Disney stories. Parents in the US can activate the new feature by saying "Hey Google, let's read along with Disney." Their Home device will then listen along and play appropriate sound effects and music for the chosen story, which can be selected from a library of 11, with more to come.

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Google Home Mini 2-pack with wall mounts is just $40 on Rakuten with coupon code

Given how frequently the Home Mini goes on sale or is put in a bundle, it seems like Google has a few too many of these on hand. This latest deal comes from BuyDig, which is offering two Home Minis, each with its own wall mount, for just $40 via Rakuten.

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[Update: Deal's back for another day] Hurry: Get a Google Home Hub and two Home Minis for $99

Over the past few days, Best Buy, Target, and a few other stores offered a Home Hub and two Home Minis at significant discounts. If you missed out on those, Adorama still has the package for just $99.

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Google Home Hub bundled with two Home Minis for just $130 at Best Buy

It seems like the Home Hub and Home Mini are the new hot items to bundle together. Earlier this month, the Google Store was selling the Home Hub with two Home Minis for $129, but that deal lasted for less than a day. Best Buy is now offering the same deal (well, technically for 99 cents more) for those of you who missed out on that.

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Get a Home Mini and second-gen Chromecast for $17 at some Walmart stores

Now that the third-generation Chromecast is available, it looks like Google and retail stores want to clear out inventory of the older model. At some Walmart locations, you can get a bundle of the second-gen Chromecast and a Google Home Mini for just $17. That's cheaper than either product would normally cost on their own.

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