Skip to main content

Google is giving away free Home Mini ahead of its Pixel event next week

We’re only days away from Google’s annual hardware event, where it’s expected to unveil a range of new products including the second-gen Home Mini. But before that, the search engine giant appears eager to get rid of its first-gen Home Mini stock.

Based on several reports sent to AndroidPolice, Google is giving away free Home Minis to YouTube Premium users through the Google Assistant. The prompt to claim the gift is popping up randomly and we couldn’t reproduce it ourselves. The promotion, for now, looks to be limited to customers in the United States. It’s unclear at this point whether the offer will expand to more countries and Google products.

Related Videos

Google is waiving the entire $49 price tag of the Home Mini. However, the lucky users do need to pay for the shipping, which should cost about $5 depending on the location.

There are two ways YouTube Premium subscribers can check whether they’re eligible. You can simply fire up the YouTube app or swipe up on the Google Assistant on an Android phone. Winners should see a “Get free gift” option. Tap that, enter your shipping address, and that’s about it.

This isn’t the first time Google has given away complimentary Home Minis to its users. The company has previously treated YouTube Premium and Google One customers as well.

Most of Google’s revenues come from its advertising business, which relies heavily on users’ personal data. Therefore, while you won’t be paying the $49 price, you’ll be giving away your private information, which to Google is eventually worth a lot more. That said, the company introduced auto-delete features in May that will delete your activity after three or 18 months if you opt in.

Google’s hardware conference takes place on October 15. In addition to a new Home (Nest) Mini, it will be taking the wraps off the much-leaked Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go, Pixel Buds 2, and possibly more.

Leaks suggest the new Google Home Mini will have proximity sensors that will allow users to perform actions such as playing or pausing music by simply waving their hand over the device. It’s also rumored to feature a built-in wall mount and a standard audio port.

Correction: This article initially misstated how Google handles your recordings and activity data. The company now allows you to auto-delete that Assistant history data after three or 18 months.

Editors' Recommendations

Apple HomePod Mini vs. Apple HomePod
A white HomePod mini sitting on a desk.

Apple's HomePod mini is one of the most popular smart speakers of 2023 -- but the newly announced HomePod is going to give it a run for its money. While the miniature HomeKit hub can control your smart home gear and engage with Siri, the HomePod 2023 can do all of that while also pumping out some impressive audio. But does the HomePod do enough to warrant its $299 price tag? Here's a closer look at both the HomePod and HomePod mini to help you determine which is best for your smart home.
Pricing and availability

One of the most common complaints about the original HomePod (released in 2018) was that it was one of the most expensive smart speakers on the market. That’s still true, as the HomePod 2023 clocks in at $299.

Read more
Apple finally activates HomePod Mini’s hidden temperature/humidity sensor
Black HomePod mini on a side table, in front of an Apple TV

Apple recently revealed its second-gen HomePod, which is set to become the company’s flagship smart speaker in 2023. Featuring the S7 chipset, spatial audio, Matter compatibility, and tons of fancy room-sensing tech, the device is certain to be a hit when it launches in February. It’ll also feature a temperature and humidity sensor. Oddly enough, so does the existing HomePod Mini -- except Apple has only just activated the feature.

Apple has kept the temperature and humidity sensor deactivated for years, although now, with the launch of a new HomePod around the corner, the company has finally gone ahead and turned on the instrument in its existing Home Mini lineup. Once your HomePod Mini receives the update, you’ll be able to use it to track both the temperature and humidity in your home, then use that information to create various automations through Apple Home.

Read more
Apple reportedly working on a new iPad-like smart home display
Someone holding the 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro (2022).

Apple recently announced a new HomePod with support for Matter, but it seems the company might have bigger smart home plans for the rest of 2023. According to the latest report from Bloomberg, Apple is allegedly working on an iPad-like device that could directly compete with Amazon’s Echo Show and Google’s Nest Hub Max.

Details on the rumored product are scarce, but it seems the device would feature a touchscreen and function similar to an iPad. Magnets would allow it to be mounted to a wall, and HomeKit would give it access to all your smart home products. It’s unclear at this time if the device would feature a stand, allowing it to sit on your countertops like the Echo Show and Nest Hub. What is clear, however, is that Apple wants to gain a stronger foothold in the smart home market -- and this could serve as a great alternative to using the HomePod Mini as a HomeKit hub.

Read more