Google Home Is A Customizable, Voice-Activated WiFi Speaker And Assistant For Families

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Google is moving its way into an arena currently dominated by Amazon: the home-centric, voice-activated digital assistant market. Today at Google I/O, CEO Sundar Pichai actually gave Amazon a proper shout-out for making getting consumers used to the idea of devices like the Echo. Amazon Echo started off a “simple” voice-activated Wi-Fi speaker that responds to your every command, but has grown to become a central hub for home automation that can plug into many IoT services and products and much, much more.

Like the Amazon Echo, Google Home is a Wi-Fi connected speaker that can beam playback music straight from the cloud. You can also cast music from your Android or iOS device. It has built-in far-field microphones that can pick up your voice from all the way across the room. On the sloping top face of Google Home, you’ll find colorful LEDs that light up when it’s working to answer your queries.

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Google Home’s base is customizable, allowing you to change the color and even the material to match your interior décor (so if you’d prefer a red metal base instead of the standard grey plastic, you can do so).

The wireless speaker of course taps into the Google Assistant, which allows you call up your calendar, alarms and reminders. It will also effortlessly communicate with many mainstream home automation products (including products from Google’s own Nest product family).

Google Home naturally “talks” to other Google products like Chromecast. For example, you could call on Google Home to play a YouTube clip, after which it would bring up the app and start playing back relevant content to your Chromecast-connected TV.

Right now, we don’t have any idea about how much Google Home will cost, be we would assume that it will be price competitive with Amazon Echo, which starts at $179, when it launches this fall.