Google Home teardown confirms two mics and Chromecast's chips

iFixit had to dig through some super sticky adhesive to open this one.

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Mariella Moon
November 8, 2016 7:07 AM
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Google Home teardown confirms two mics and Chromecast's chips

See those parts meticulously laid out in the image above? That's what a Google Home looks like after it's been torn down by iFixit. The team known for dismantling the hottest gadgets has opened up Mountain View's Echo competitor to confirm that it has two microphones. Echo has seven, but Google says Home has the capability to differentiate voice patterns from background noise despite having fewer mics. iFixit also had déjà vu while looking at its parts, because the chips on its motherboard (besides a semi-conductor) appeared in the 2015 version of Chromecast.

Before the team got to the motherboard, though, they had to deal with some super sticky adhesive that protects half of an array of capacitors in charge of detecting your fingers on the device. Despite the troublesome adhesive, iFixit gave the device an 8 out of 10 in repairability since it has minimal moving components. You can see what the team had to go through to completely tear the Home apart on its website if you want to know what makes it tick.
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Google Home teardown confirms two mics and Chromecast's chips