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How to score a Google Home Mini smart speaker for $1

Spotify is right now offering two promotions that make it possible to purchase a Google Home Mini smart speaker for just $1. We’ve put together a super easy step-by-step walkthrough below to show you how to get it, but there are a few things you should know first: it’s for U.S. customers only, it involves jumping through some hoops like signing up for Spotify, and finally, it’s available for a very limited time. Now, let’s get started!

Google Home to launch in UK this spring

Amazon’s Echo will soon get some real competition as Google gears up to launch its Home smart connected speaker in the United Kingdom this spring. According to Rick Osterloh, Google’s Vice President of Hardware, Home’s “artificial intelligence skills and vast data” will give it the edge over Amazon’s voice-activated wireless speaker.

Google’s Home gadget is based on Chromecast hardware, doesn’t run Android

Home, the search giant’s always-listening Amazon Echo rival that was announced at Google I/O 2016, is basically a “dressed up” version of the company’s $35 Chromecast HDMI dongle, claims a paywall’d article published by The Information.

It’s a bit odd that Google’s upcoming device doesn’t run Android—it’s powered by the same Linux-based OS used on the Chromecast—though Google has reportedly discussed using Android for the next version of Home.