Following Google’s announcement of its Echo competitor, a report claimed the smart home speaker would undercut Amazon’s device on price. Now, a report from Android Police claims to reveal how much it’ll cost when it goes on sale: $129.
According to the report, the voice-enabled wireless speaker, which Google unveiled at I/O in May, will undercut the Echo by a full $40, making it a compelling alternative to Amazon’s growing empire of smart home devices. Google Home already features a number of capabilities that best what Echo can do and if it winds up being cheaper, Amazon might have some real competition on its hands.
What makes Google Home so compelling is the fact that it taps into Google Assistant, which was recently introduced in the messaging application Allo. Unlike Amazon’s Alexa, the smart assistant found in the Echo, Google Assistant is capable of understanding follow-up questions, something Alexa cannot do.
Android Police also reports the rumor “Chromecast Ultra” will retail for a whopping $69, about double the price of the current Chromecast. The new streaming device will be reportedly support 4K and HDR, which is why the price has been hiked up. Unfortunately, we don’t know much else about the device beyond that.
We should know more at Google’s Pixel event on Oct. 4.