Just about two weeks ago, we were celebrating the arrival of Google Assistant on the Sonos One and Beam speakers. Now, the voice assistant is making its way to several Bose speakers as well including the latest Home Speaker 300.
Announced yesterday, the Home Speaker 300 is the smallest smart speaker Bose currently offers weighing in at just two pounds – but it's certainly not the weakest. The company stressed its “powerful bass and true 360-degree sound” similar to its larger predecessor, the Home Speaker 500 which was revealed last August. One key feature that the Home Speaker 300 lacks though, in comparison to the 500, is the LCD that displays album artwork while music is playing.
Besides the LCD screen, Bose kept many of the same features in the Home Speaker 300. The new model is capable of connecting to Bose’s other smart speakers and soundbars for multi-room listening. It also supports AirPlay 2 and can act as a standard Bluetooth speaker. Users will find the same kind of playback controls on the top as well as several preset buttons for accessing playlists or internet radio stations.
And while those interested in the Home Speaker 300 will have to wait a few weeks, owners of all existing Bose smart speakers and soundbars can install the latest Bose Music app and take advantage of the newly added Google Assistant feature. The addition of the voice assistant has been a long time coming. Last year, while debuting their Alexa-controlled soundbars and smart speakers, Bose said that they’d be adding another option in voice assistance. The products will continue to support Alexa out-of-the-box, but users can change their preferred voice assistant at any time through the Bose Music app.
The Bose Home Speaker 300 comes in at $259.95, and preorders will begin on June 4 with in-store availability starting on June 20.