If you’re in the market for a Google Home Mini smart speaker, your lucky day may be on its way (if you haven’t received one already).
One YouTube Premium user reported over the weekend, on Reddit, that Google offered him a free Google Home Mini. The user, based in Germany, received the offer when he opened the YouTube app.
Earlier this week, Android Police reported that the company was once again giving away Google Home Mini speakers to subscribers of its Google One storage service. Users with paid plans of over 2TB said they received an email offering them a free home speaker. Google also offered this perk to Google One subscribers earlier this year.
Google has been pushing the compact home speakers, likely in a move to expand market share in the voice assistant space. The company partnered with Spotify to give away free Google Home Minis to premium family plan members and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation in a donation to 100,000 patients living with paralysis, along other giveaway promotions. Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak has suggested the company go a step further – offering a free Google Home Mini to every U.S. household. Google has not taken that advice – yet.
While Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant remains the clear market leader in the smart speaker market – Google Home has made inroads over the past few years, now possessing about 25 percent of the U.S. market.
The speaker retails for about $49 – although interested buyers (who do not receive one for free) may find one at a reduced price through a third-party retailer.
I asked Google for comment, but did not hear back. I will update the article if I receive a statement.
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