Google and its parent company, who has invested heavily in solving technological obstacles, is finally going to launch its answer to Amazon's Echo, alongside new tablets and smartphones.
Variety was first to report last week that Google has been in talks with consumer electronics manufacturers to build their own versions of Google Home.
We are all excited for the tomorrow's Google event. Its new Home device is a sleek internet-connected speaker that's created to respond to voice commands, like Amazon's popular Echo.
The Google Assistant, which is an AI-powered assistant that becomes more personalized with more use, is a core element of the new products. During the demo, Google product manager Rishi Chandra asked, "What's Adele's real name?" Best parts are built-in Google Assistant (of course), a solid camera, unlimited photo and video storage, and a battery that gets 7 hours of charge in 15 minutes. The Pixel phones will be sold in two screen sizes - 5 inches and 5.5 inches - and three colors: black, silver and blue. Google wants you to use voice commands such as "turn the heating up" when using you Nest device and similar commads for other IoT devices.
Amazon took a different approach and created the Echo, a device with the sole goal of showcasing the company's artificially intelligent assistant software, called Alexa.
Google hopes its advanced search and artificial-intelligence capabilities will appeal to more consumers in the nascent market for smart home gadgets. Pretty much the same thing as Samsung's Oculus VR, except it looks like it's made out of sweatpants and comes with a controller. All are meant to showcase Google's software and online services. It's also launched two other Echo-like devices, the smaller $50 Dot which it now sells in six-packs so people can have one in every room and the portable $100 Tap, to give Alexa even broader reach. In a ideal world, Google recommends installing several Google Homes, several of its new Wifi routers, its smartphone, a Chromecast Ultra, and a regular Chromecast.
On the face of it, Assistant appears to be everything Google was already doing through its Now personal assistant on the phone, voice search on the web and information services built into its email, calendar and messenger products.
Google makes most of its money from online software and digital ads, but it is putting more emphasis on hardware as it faces rivals like Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
Unfortunately, Google has no plans to launch Google Home in the United Kingdom at this time, but the company said it hopes to make it available in the future. But it put relatively little effort into promoting those devices, which have mostly ended up in the hands of Google purists.