The Amazon Echo has been one of the most talked about and praised product from Amazon in tech circles. It is a digital assistant that uses voice to interact with you and perform simple tasks. These tasks can be anything from reminders to playing music from Spotify. Unconfirmed reports say that Amazon has sold as many as three million of units of the Echo.
Now Google is entering the game with Google Home. A unit that is similar to the Echo, but smaller and one that comes in different colors. From Google:
“Google Home is a voice-activated product that brings the Google assistant to any room in your house. It lets you enjoy entertainment, manage everyday tasks, and get answers from Google—all using conversational speech. With a simple voice command, you can ask Google Home to play a song, set a timer for the oven, check your flight, or turn on your lights. It’s designed to fit your home with customizable bases in different colors and materials. Google Home will be released later this year.”
It will be one of the many products that will use the Google Assistant:
“The assistant is conversational—an ongoing two-way dialogue between you and Google that understands your world and helps you get things done. It makes it easy to buy movie tickets while on the go, to find that perfect restaurant for your family to grab a quick bite before the movie starts, and then help you navigate to the theater. It’s a Google for you, by you.
The assistant is an ambient experience that will work seamlessly across devices and contexts. So you can summon Google’s help no matter where you are or what the context. It builds on all our years of investment in deeply understanding users’ questions.”
So far there are no indications of pricing or availability.