Google Home Max

Google's largest smart speaker
Google Cemetery
GENERAL INFORMATION
Category:
Software & Hardware
Started:
2017
BUSINESS FAILURE
Cause:
Poor Product
Closed:
2020

Description

Home Max was Google’s largest smart speaker up to date. With size 7.5” by 13.3” by 6.1” (33.5 x 18.7 x 15 cm) and weighing almost 12 lbs. (5.3 kg.), it was quite hefty, especially compared to rivals on the market such as Amazon Echo or Apple Homepod.

However, the great size came with great sound quality, which was also one of its main selling points. Other specifications for the model were the 3.5 mm AUX jack and the USB-C port.

Google Home Max

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Cause of Failure

Google didn’t provide an official reason for discontinuing the product. Home Max just suddenly showed as “sold out” on Google Store. Several sources on technology updates shred that Google wouldn’t be manufacturing the device anymore but would continue to support existing users.

It can only be speculated why Google took such a decision – probably Home Max didn’t sell enough. It was the most expensive speaker on the market, going for $400 compared to Apple’s and Amazon’s alternatives - $300 and $200 respectively. Alternatively (or additionally), they might have wanted to focus on other speakers such as Nest Audio and Nest Mini, which were way more affordable than the Home Max.

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