(Update: We're at the GooglePixel 3 event, and the tech giant has just unveiled the Google Home Hub, its first-party smart display. For all the breaking news head to our Google Home Hub release date, news, and features article, which will be updated in real time.)
The Google Home Max was the search giant’s solution to integrating its powerful voice Assistant with high-spec audio quality, and at $399 (£399 / AU$549), the minimalist smart speaker delivered a powerful punch to both your home and your wallet.
(Update: At the moment it doesn't look like we're getting a new Google Home Max any time soon, as there has so far been no mention of it at the Google Pixel event. However, we'll keep updating this article as we get more information - head to our live blog for real time updates.)
Although it’s unclear whether the Google Pixel event on October 9 will see the launch of a new Google Home Max, there are a few things we'd like to see in the Google Home Mini 2 should we be lucky enough to see a new model:
A little weight loss and more design elements
As Google’s largest smart speaker, we would expect it to be fairly heavy - but at 11.6 pounds (5.3kg), we think the Google Home Max 2 should probably seek to shift some of these extra pounds to appeal to a wider audience and make it more easily portable around the home.
We liked how the original Google Home Max could be oriented vertically or horizontally thanks to a magnetic resting pad, so we’d like to see this feature again should the Google Home Max 2 have a similar rectangular design.
When we reviewed the Google Home Max, we were impressed with the elegant and minimalist design, however we expect an updated model to include a few more design features, or even to come in a few different colors to ensure it fits in with a wider range of decor styles.
There’s no escaping the fact that the Google Home Max is pretty expensive, and we recommended that many people would be better off purchasing a Google Home and supplementing the soundstage with a Google Chromecast Audio, which allows you to stream from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop without the hassle of pairing your devices.
Saying that, audiophiles will be well aware that the price of the Google Home Max is nowhere near as high as the cost of some top-end speakers. Still, it would be nice to see the Max made accessible for more users.
Better Google and more of it
Surely there’s no better time than a new product launch for Google to announce new software updates for Google Assistant? At least that’s what we’re hoping.
What we’d really like to see across the Google smart speaker ecosystem is better connectivity with Google’s own apps and features. For example if the new Google Home Max 2 could pull up our emails from Gmail and read them aloud, that would really set it ahead of the competition.
Google Home Max 2 news and rumors:
At this moment in time Google is yet to confirm whether we will see the launch of an updated Google Home Max at the Pixel 3 event on October 9, and this looks less likely now that Google has announced the new Google Home Hub.
The Google Home hub will be available to preorder on October 22 in the UK, US, and Australia for $149 (£110 / AU$210).
- Google Home Max review: big and smart