Google has an answer to the Amazon Echo. It’s a similar product called “Google Home”. Like the Amazon Echo, it’s a small device that features speakers and always-on microphones powered by Google search intelligence that the company has been improving for the past seventeen years.
Google Home also includes the new “Google Assistant” technology to answer any questions — just like in your smartphone –, which is obviously the answer to Amazon Echo’s Alexa voice-command technology.
The device can easily connect to many devices around the house, including thermostats, cameras, wireless speakers, smart lightbulbs and appliances, and much more.
Physically, it’s a small cylinder shape device without any visible buttons with a microphone array at the top and speakers sitting at the base. Also, you can customize the device with different shells to match the decoration of the room.
You can access music from any music service like Spotify by just asking Google, or you can also send music from your Android phone or iPhone using Google Cast. In addition, through Chromecast support, you can also connect with other speakers in your home without complicated setups.
Through the same technology, the new home assistant also brings multi-room playback support, so you can add one or more Google Home devices to a group of speakers and really blast your favorite songs, or you can always tell Home to play music on a specific room.
Controlling video is also supported in Google Home, just ask the device and the video will seamlessly start playing in the biggest screen in the house — that’s of course, if your TV is connected with a Chromecast device.
The company isn’t saying when exactly Google Home will be available, but it’ll be later this year. Currently there isn’t pricing or tech specs details, however, looking at Google is aiming to compete directly with Amazon Echo, it’s only logical to think that Google Home may launch at the same price range.
You can visit the official Google Home web page to signup and get notify when the device becomes available.
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