Google is reportedly planning to unveil a miniaturized version of its Home smart speaker at a hardware event dedicated to the upcoming Pixel sequel, according to a report from Android Police. The event may occur in October as last year’s Pixel and Google Home launch event did, although we don’t have concrete specifics on when or where Google will host it.
The mini Home speaker would likely be positioned as an Amazon Echo Dot competitor. That would allow you to hook up traditional audio systems with voice control, string together multiple Home units, and access Google Assistant throughout your house without spending an additional $129 on a standalone Home speaker.
Also rumored to be at the event is a new Pixel-branded Chromebook, the first since 2015’s original Chromebook Pixel. It’s unclear if Google would still be targeting the higher-end notebook market, as Microsoft did earlier this summer when it decided to take on Apple’s MacBook line with its own Surface Laptop running the lean, Chrome OS-like Windows 10 S software.
That said, it feels a bit too close to a prospective October launch event for rumors of a new Chromebook to just start percolating for the first time. So perhaps the device will make an appearance at a later date, when it won’t have to compete with two new Pixel phones and, now, a possible second addition to Google’s smart home line.