Does Google's fun-sized smart speaker have the specs to stack up to Amazon's popular Dot?
The Mini is a smaller, more affordable version of Google's voice controlled smart speaker Google Home. It's obviously inspired by the Dot, which similarly shrunk the power of the original Amazon Echo down into a compact puck you could buy for a reasonable price.
Since the Dot has helped Amazon dominate smart speaker sales, Google's move to launch a more affordable Google Home makes a lot of sense. Both the Dot and the Mini are always-listening smart speakers that respond to your voice commands. The Mini makes use of Google's digital assistant -- simply called the Google Assistant. The Dot has Amazon's assistant Alexa built-in to answer your questions.
The Dot's biggest advantage over the Mini is the 3.5 mm stereo output port which allows you to connect it to your own speakers. Plug in the Dot, and you can add voice controls to your own sound setup. You can do that with the Mini or the Home too, but you need to buy an extra Chromecast audio streamer.