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The next Google Home may double as a mesh router

by Danny Zepeda | April 5, 2017April 5, 2017 11:30 am PDT

Google Home and Google Wifi are two fantastic smart home products, and a new report suggests Google will combine their capabilities into a single product.

According to The Information, Google wants to incorporate a mesh router system inside the next version of Google Home. This could potentially make Google Assistant more powerful because it would have quicker access to Wi-Fi.

The report notes that Google was considering incorporating a microphone and access to Google Assistant into Google Wifi, but decided to scrap the idea because it would confuse consumers.

If the report turns out to be true, Google would still offer Google Home and Google Wifi as separate products; Google Home would just double as a router as well as being the speaker system it already is.

Sounds great, but how expensive would it be?

News of Google Home adding a mesh routing system sounds like a great idea. This would really set it apart from the Amazon Echo, which too is just a home speaker system. The question then becomes: How expensive would this hybrid product be? Right now the Google Home and Google Wifi retail for $129, but if the next-gen Google Home includes built-in Wi-Fi, it will most likely go up in price.

The Information’s report didn’t get into specifics about pricing or a set date of when the next Google Home would launch. As of right now, it’s expected to launch some time before the holidays, just like the first generation version did last year.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...