- Music streaming services Saavn and Gaana have received Google Home support in India.
- The two services have a large selection of Indian music and allow users to choose between free or paid services.
- Though the Google Home isn’t officially sold in India yet, Google revealed it will be arriving “soon.”
Google is rolling out support for Saavn and Gaana, two popular Indian music streaming services, for the Google Home. A Google Home user in India posted a screenshot on Reddit of the Google Home app that showed both music streaming services listed alongside Google Play Music.
Though Saavn and Gaana are available internationally, they are most popular with Indian users. Both services have a large selection of Indian music and offer users the choice between a free ad-supported service and a paid monthly subscription service.
This news follows a recent tweet from the Google India Twitter account confirming that the Google Home will be released in the country soon (though those who buy one elsewhere can still use it in India right now). While there is no date in the official Tweet, rumors suggest that it will be released in India on April 10 at an event in New Delhi. Retailer Flipkart has even set up a landing page just for the smart speakers.
Get ready to #MakeGoogleDoIt, at home too. Coming soon. pic.twitter.com/JuNvt3cpFE
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) April 2, 2018
The Google Home may well not be the only Google product users in India are able to get their hands on this year. A recent report suggested that Google will also launch its Pixelbook laptop, Nest smart home gadgets, and a new mid-range Pixel smartphone in the country later this year.
When it finally gets released in India, the Google Home will face some stiff competition in the smart speaker market. Amazon released its Echo smart speaker on an invite-only basis in late 2017, before launching Amazon Prime Music soon after the full launch earlier this year.
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