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The performance of Google Home and Google Mini is expected to further improve in the coming months.

Giannandrea will report directly to Tim Cook.

The company may also launch Google WiFi in the country.

The Google Home Mini is a compact version of the Google Home smart speaker which sports a fabric speaker grill on top and a plastic base at the bottom. A cheaper Pixel smartphone with Pixel 2's camera on board and a cheaper price tag along with Google' aggressive upcoming retail push, software updates will make a lot of sense for the Indian consumers.

Search engine giant Google is reportedly chalking out an India-focused strategy to tap the lucrative smartphone market and also the emerging IoT (Internet-of-Things) market. He stepped down from Google on Monday, sparking speculation about his plans, but The Times said it was likely he stepped down specifically to go to Apple.

Though Google first launched the Google Home speaker in 2016 but hasn't launched anything from that series in India, yet. It adds that Google also has plans to launch Google Wi-Fi and Pixelbook in India soon.

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Following the tragically premature demise of the Nexus family, Google chose to focus mainly on the premium smartphone category with own-brand Pixels, while also attracting higher-profile partners for the expansion and diversification of the Android One program.

Smart speakers have already started to find their place in Indian homes with the past year launched Amazon Echo speakers.

Both Facebook and Google, and to a lesser extent Amazon and Microsoft, are powerhouses in AI, employing hundreds of researchers working across a number of different domains that routinely publish substantive papers that help inform internal products and the collective AI research community at large. The only drawback of Amazon's Alexa is that it doesn't have Hindi support.

Gaana and Saavn, two popular streaming services of Indian content in the country, will now be available on Google Home and Google Home Mini. Until now, Indians imported the Home smart devices.

The prices of the upcoming Google speakers are still not out yet. It's a competitor to Amazon's Echo Dot, which retails for Rs. 4499 ($69) in India. In the United States, the Google Home Mini ships for $49 (around Rs. 3,200) and the Google Home ships for $129 (around Rs. 8,500). The new smart speakers from Google probably would be priced similarly to the echo range from Amazon.

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