BREAKING: Google originally promised during the introduction of Google Home at I/O 2016 in May that the Google Home would fit in nicely with any decor with a colorful array of interchangeable fabric and metallic bases. While the search giant did miss these being available on launch day, all six of the bases are now shipping from the Google Store as of Monday afternoon, November 7, 2016.
The Google Home is a voice-activated smart speaker that interfaces to Google's new Assistant, also available on the new Pixel phones and on Google Allo messaging app. By default, it ships with a fabric covered base in gray material. And currently, the only color option for the upper (plastic) portion of the device is white. To be clear, Google has never said there would be a color for the Home itself other than white, although we really think it would look pretty slick in black or a charcoal gray, too. But maybe that will happen next year. The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot only just recently gained a version in white.
On launch day, November 4, the page on the Google Store for the bases still said "coming soon", which made for various furious users across the Interwebs (us included), but today Google has started fulfilling its promise of making the Google Home "blend in with your decor" by starting to ship the colorful bases. The metal Bases come in a Carbon, Copper and Snow and the fabric versions come in Mango, Marine and Violet. All metallic and fabric Bases for Google Home are now available through the Google Store.
Smarter Home Life has already placed an order and an unboxing and comparison video will be out later this week! For now, check out our initial review of the Google Home below.