Google’s greatest good speaker, the Google House Max, is lifeless. The speaker is listed as “bought out” on retailer.google.com, and the corporate instructed Android Police, “We’ve bought out of Google House Max and can now not be manufacturing the gadget.” For those who’ve been wanting Google’s 12-pound mega speaker, now might be your final likelihood to scrounge round on the Web in search of the final bits of inventory. On the time of writing, Verizon nonetheless has some.
The Google House Max was launched in 2017 alongside the Google House Mini. The Max was a whopping $400, and apart from the larger, higher sound, it was the one Google speaker with a 3.5mm aux enter. It additionally had a mysterious USB-C port on the again, which, so far as I can inform, may solely ever be used for a wired Ethernet dongle as a substitute of connecting by way of Wi-Fi. (If that was all the time the intent, why not simply give it an Ethernet port as a substitute of USB?) The unique Google House and the Google House Mini each acquired sequels up to now 14 months—the Nest Audio and Nest Mini, respectively—however the Google House Max is simply getting killed. I would guess that Google simply by no means bought that lots of them.
The loss of life of the Max represents Google’s exit from the larger good speaker market, the place it was the most costly entry by a mile. Its predominant assistant competitors, the $300 Apple HomePod and $200 Amazon Echo Studio, will now be left to struggle amongst themselves. It appears like even Apple has had a troublesome time within the premium good speaker market, with the HomePod getting a everlasting worth drop from its introductory $350 worth.
Google’s highest-end good speaker is now simply the common $100 Nest Audio. Google notes you should purchase two of them and pair them for stereo sound, however that will not rival the ability of the Max. There are additionally third-party Google Assistant audio system that supply higher sound, notably the $200 Sonos One.
Google says that present Google House Max customers will nonetheless be supported for the foreseeable future. “Present Google House Max customers shouldn’t fear as they gained’t see any change of their service. We’ll proceed to supply software program updates and safety fixes to Google House Max units.”