Google Enters the Smart Home Arena with Google Home and Google Assistant
If Alexa and Siri aren’t enough for you, there is now another burgeoning option for personal assistants in the marketplace: Google Assistant.
Google has big ideas for its newest personal assistant software it envisions will one day be embedded into devices outside the home, including cars.
In the meantime though, the home will have to be enough. Google announced that the Google Assistant software would be built into a new device dubbed Google Home.
The small device is built so users can ask it questions and give it verbal instructions much like Amazon’s Echo. It allows users to manage and control home entertainment systems and smart home devices.
"When I walk into my house, I want to interact with the Google Assistant, but I want to do it hands free," Mario Queiroz, a Google vice president, stated.
"That's why we're creating Google Home, a device we're releasing later this year. It will manage entertainment and your everyday tasks. It will let anyone in the family, kids or adults, have a conversation with Google."
Google Home includes a built-in speaker to play music from the cloud or the device. Google states it will respond to questions such as how much congestion there is on a certain route or how much fat is in an avocado.
Queiroz also stated that Google wants to work with third-party developers to move Google Home beyond the home.
"Having access to the Google Assistant will make this like a voice-activated connection to the real world," he said. "We're designing Google Home to connect to your smart home seamlessly. In the future, we will work with developers to go beyond the home, like managing your car and sending your mom flowers."
"Google Home could be a major force and could also dramatically decrease the sales potential of Amazon Echo," said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, who is attending Google I O.
"Google Home also enables connections to TVs and other non-intelligent speakers with a dongle and Echo cannot. In the end, Google will likely win over Amazon."