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Google Home unveiled to compete with Amazon Echo

by Brandon Russell | May 18, 2016May 18, 2016 10:20 am PST

During Google I/O 2016 on Wednesday, Google teased a new product equipped with its new Google Assistant called Google Home. It will be available later this year.

The device looks like a more sophisticated OnHub router, but it’s actually a lot smaller—almost like a fat soda can. Like Amazon’s Echo, it features far-field voice recognition, which means it will hear you no matter where you are in the room (and even if there’s a lot going on). Just activate the device, and you can tell it to play music, videos (via Google Cast) and ask it questions. Exactly what you’d expect it to do.

Of course, Google Home will play nice with Google’s other devices, such as the Chromecast and Nest devices; you can also control speakers and other devices in different rooms. It’s also great for typical tasks, such as to-do lists, shopping lists, alarms and more.

Google says Google Home is in its “early days,” with plans to launch the product this fall.

Brandon Russell

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