As expected, Google has officially announced its answer to the Amazon Echo and it’s called Google Home.
Unveiled at Google I/O 2016, the Wi-Fi speaker, previously known under the codename Chirp, is hoping to up the assistant ante by using the company’s 10 years worth of work on natural language recognition and 17 years of innovation with search. Google claims these expertise will ensure Home is able to deal with the most complex questions swiftly and accurately.
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The voice activated speaker will let you ask Google about anything from facts, to the weather. It’ll also connect with smart home devices including Nest and can control smart lighting setups. One of the nicest features shown off is the ability for Home to offer traffic updates delivering less congested routes to your phone. Much like Google Now, it’ll learn about habits to deliver more personal responses over time.
Google also has plans to introduce more features at a later date including the ability to book a taxi, order dinner and order flowers.
It is a speaker of course and will be able to stream music from the cloud letting you access songs, playlists, artists. It’ll work with third party music services letting you send music from your phone via Google Cast. It’s not just music streaming that gets the Home treatment. You can also tell the Home to play a video and the content will pop up on a TV nearby.
Google Home is launching later this year, with no news on how much it’s going to cost to get one. We do know that Google is hoping developers will be able to add extra functionality before it lands. Your move Amazon…