Google is all set to enter the virtual-agent market with a voice-activated home device called Google Home.
According to The New York Times, the Search Giant will unveil it on Wednesday at its annual Google I/O developers conference.
The conference will start with a keynote presentation from Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai.
Will Google Home give direct competition to Amazon’s Echo?
Google’s voice-activated home device will compete with Amazon’s Echo, which was launched in 2014 and is estimated to have sold more than 3 million units.
While you bustle around the house, Echo, a smart home assistant will respond to commands to order pizza, play music or call an Uber, among other tasks (sounds like Siri, isn’t it).
Echo along with its Alexa voice assistant are not available in Canada. But they’re known for being compatible with a number of smart home devices, which bridges the gap between various smart home platforms.
The form of the device will be…..
It’s not clear exactly what form the device will take.
However, a speaker seems like a reasonable guess.
But it’s only referred as a “voice-activated home device. So, we’re not sure.
Like the Echo, it’ll be able to take commands and answer questions by voice.
Google Home was developed under the code name “Chirp,” is a voice-powered assistant that can answer basic questions.
With this announcement the rumors that Google was building its own Echo-like device has come true. Though Google had denied it this previously citing some privacy concerns.
Facebook, Amazon, Apple and others are heading towards the virtual agent and Google has seemingly made competition tougher.
The new Google product and Echo’s competitor is expected to go on sale in the Q3.